It’s happened. The kids are growing up right before our very eyes. For years, I have spent the night before St. Patricks Day playing a leprechaun and showering our house with green coins and shamrock glitter. I have knocked over chairs, put green food coloring in the toilets and made green pancakes all in the name of childhood fun.
The kids would literally wake each other up at 5 am to come running out to see who could gather the most coins and see what mess the Leprechauns made. Today I couldn’t even shake them awake, even after they had already pushed the snooze on their alarm clocks a couple of times. I assume they noticed the coins and glitter everywhere, as they picked up their chairs and sleepily poured their annual bowl of Lucky Charms cereal. Sigh. I told you this is going fast! Well, it was fun while it lasted. At least they wanted to wear these t-shirts that their Irish Grandpa (Poppy) sent them!
But, tradition is tradition. Kids love and thrive on the security of tradition. So, even if they are no longer fighting over the coins or even seem to notice, the Leprechauns will be back next year to make a mess of their breakfast table. It’s what happens around here on St. Patricks Day. And we’re Irish right? So we have to have some fun. Maybe I’ll go lighter on the confetti though from here on out so I have less to clean up. I guess them growing up isn’t all bad after all…
May the Luck of the Irish be with you!!