Growing up St. Patrick’s Day was a day I dreaded. I could never remember when it was, so I almost always forgot to wear green and would usually get pinched. As a young woman, I simply ignored the day altogether. After all I don’t care for beer, even if it’s green. Green isn’t my favorite color and if someone pinches me, I can call the police. However my St. Patrick’s Day apathy was called into question when I had kids. Even though we homeschool, some other child would somehow end up pinching one of my kids, which would lead to one or both of my kids upset and/or confused. I wanted to lock my kids inside on March 17. Then, I stumbled upon some information that changed my outlook.
I’m embarrassed to say that it wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized St. Patrick is an actual person. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. So now when, March rolls around I circle the 17th in green on the calendar so no one gets pinched, then I teach my kids about why we have St. Patrick’s Day. I have enjoyed learning about St. Patrick along with my kids. Some of my favorite resources to help my kids learn about St. Patrick are the book Challenge on the Hill of Fire by: Marianne Hering and Nancy I. Sanders, the audio drama by Adventures in Odyessy, Saint Patrick: Heart Afire and Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola. Knowing the history of the holiday has made the day a special day for our family. This year we will proudly wear our green, go to a St. Patrick’s Day party, and remember a saint, Patrick.