Monday, March 16, 2009
Everyone Wants to be Irish
It's a funny little holiday, St. Patrick's Day -- I thoroughly respect Irish people, but I have so say that if I were Irish I might be upset that my country's patron saint's name day has been turned into an international excuse for wearing green and getting legless.
But then again, maybe not. The Irish-born people I've met have been uniformly hilarious and good-natured, and I can see them appreciating the situation. Also, in the 1990s, the Irish government made a decision to leverage the holiday to showcase the country and its people.
It's also possible that Irish people might be proud that one of their country's finest exports delights folks around the world. The photo above, for example, was taken in Krakow.
Happy St. Pat's, everyone. Have a green beer if you feel like it, and if you have a bit too much, remember what Oscar Wilde said: Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. Maybe because he also said this: The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.