In honour of Storytelling Sunday with Sian, and St Patrick's Day, I thought I would share with you a collection of short stories and pictures from the years we spent in Ireland. Our first year in Ireland was spent in Dublin and we didn't go watch the parade in the city. But after moving to a small town in the heart of Ireland we really embraced the holiday. I don't have digital photos of our first parade and the hard copies are still packed. But that year the kids participated by dressing up in that years theme 'Fairy Tales'. The Princess was a Princess (surprise, surprise!), The Extrovert was Prince Charming complete with crown and sword. The Thinker went as the Pied Piper and I stitched soft sculpture mice and rats all over his jacket and hat. He was very excited as he won a prize!
By 2005 both boys were Beavers in the local scout group. As a group they dressed up as snakes in honour of the myth of St Patrick driving all the snakes from Ireland. If you look closely in the photo the snake on the right peering out from under his mask is The Extrovert and the orange snake behind him is The Thinker.
|The Princess at the parade|
|She even got all dressed up for the occasion.|
|The Thinker & The Extrovert|
Until looking for these photos I had forgotten all about sewing a white clown costume for him to decorate. There weren't any fabric stores where we lived and so the fabric of choice was usually stolen from sheets :-) His was made from an old white flannel sheet. He even wrote on the back "Happy St Patrick's Day"!
However this St Patrick's Day was not like any other we had spent in Ireland. It was FREEZING!!! I don't think it even got to 5C and the wind was fierce and bitterly cold! We rugged every child up in as many layers as would fit under their costume. The Princess wore three layers of clothing, plus her scarf and gloves, and in the end she even put her woollen beanie on under the flowers. Isn't she a colourful flower girl?
The Thinker was one of the multi-coloured clowns. Even I had to look twice to see if it was him under all that colour!
And finally here I am! I had to lead the parade and there was NO room for extra layers under my costume. I have never been so cold in all my life!!!
It took more than an hour for me to stop shivering that day! It was just one of those freaky weather days.
We were all excited about being in the parade again the following year but small town politics and soaring insurance premiums got in the way and our parade was cancelled. Along with many other small town parades. We didn't get to march in another parade until 2009 and that wasn't in our home town but in the closest 'large' town. Here are a few photos of us at the marshalling area. In contrast to our previous parade it was such a warm day we were afraid some of the smaller kids weren't going to make it to the end without fainting. Here we all were in our warm uniforms and the sun was gloriously warm!
Our little town does now have their parade back and it is great to see community spirit alive and well today. I just wish I was there to see it. We now don't live somewhere that celebrates St Patrick's day, but we are having a 'St Patrick's Day 12hr Craft-a-thon' in the store. So we will still get a little bit of a celebration.
Not a traditional story this month but I hope you liked it anyway. So where ever you may be, enjoy your St Patrick's Day. If you are ever in Ireland for St Patrick's Day you must go out into a smaller town and experience a local parade. There is always music and a Guinness or two afterwards.
If you like to read a story or tell one yourself, head on over to Sian at From High In The Sky and join in the fun. There were lots of stories to read last month and I am looking forward to reading all of the new ones this month.
Happy March Everyone,