As the clocked struck midnight our month changed over and we left Valentine hearts behind to make way to a bit of Irish luck and 4 leaf clovers. Yes, the month where my mom makes her corned beef and cabbage and dyes everything green is here. I know her Irish music will be turned up all the way as she waits for the soda bread to bake and my dad made a special run for green beer. The back-up plan is to use food coloring dye if they don’t sell any this year. Noodles, milk, and beer look out my mom’s green thumb is Irish.
The evening was a constant flow of friends, neighbors, and family on the 17th of March. For a day, my family convinced themselves that the blood that ran beneath their veins was Irish. My Korean heritage somehow got confused so that I didn’t miss out on family traditions and no one questioned it. My mom always said everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and I believed her.
Now that I’m all grown up and no longer at home, I miss those cozy times wondering when the food was going to be done. There’s nothing like spreading green butter over warm Irish soda bread. Mom started a day of celebration and our own kind of family tradition. I still have those memories even I can’t make it back home. The only difference is that I’ve incorporated some Irish authors or Irish themed writing prompts.
The past few years, I’ve drifted off the open window of the cottage that I wanted to stay in surrounded by green hills, brooks, and hidden inlets. I put myself is an old dying castle, ruins, or lost land almost forgotten. I’ve even filled journals with hot Fae and fairy princes. There’s something about this tiny island that sparks imagination and fantasy.
It’s amazing that this little country created Jane Austin, Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce. These are only a fraction of the authors and that doesn’t include more modern writers dotting the best seller list. If anything, they can teach us that size of country doesn’t have to match pride of heritages and origins. A place of strong oral tradition rolled into a long list of literary fame.
No matter where you grew up or what your background is, it’s time to create your own traditions. Single, married, partnered, or other – it doesn’t matter. What kind of traditions can you create for yourself as a writer? Is to visit the hometown of an author? Is it to write about certain places as a prompt for the month? Make it fun. Make it memorable. Make it literary.
I’m off to start thinking about all things green this month. Maybe it will take my mind off the aches and pains that came from early spring cleaning over the weekend.
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