St. Patrick’s Day used to be a very hectic holiday for me. I was an Irish dancer for six years, and our school used to perform at many shows during “St. Patrick’s Day Week” as I used to call it, often with multiple shows on St. Patrick’s Day itself. I didn’t mind it, though, because I absolutely loved performing! When I was a new dancer I absolutely looked up to the older girls. Then when I was an older girl, I loved working with the new dancers, seeing them falling more in love with the dance.
Do I have any Irish blood in me? Well, technically yes, but not very much. My 9x great-grandfather was from Ireland, though I don’t know exactly where. I’m sure there are other relatives who also come from Ireland, but it’s difficult to trace. Basically, my right pinky finger is Irish, and that’s about it. Except it has been said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish 🙂
When I was a dancer, we used to do this one St. Pat’s show at an old movie theater / bar. It was always “standing room only”, and of course, most of the audience was drinking Guinness (the only proper beer to drink on the holiday!) We would perform with a live band – or rather, a live band would perform and we would dance during about half of the numbers. The hardwood floors made our hardshoes sound absolutely amazing!
On a totally unrelated note, one of my coworkers and I were talking about dressing up our little babies at work to look like leprechauns, but this year we have neither the costumes nor the props. Something to work on for next year, I guess. I’m certain that the parents would think it was sweet!
Anyway, have a happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
~ An Irish Blessing ~