Welcome to The Real Green Movement! Today (at least in America) everyone is Irish for a day. One of the biggest party days in the nation. Not so oddly, the second biggest is Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day. We’ve seen how the Irish thread reaches back to Iberia. We know how the Hispanics reach back to Iberia. Just about a thousand years ago, we were one people on the same spot of land. Yes, the Irish had a bit of Viking mixed in (and the British Celts got a bit of French, who are themselves a mix of Celts and Germanic Franks; along with their own share of Germanics and Vikings). While that was going on, the Iberian peninsula got a bit of Arab / Berber. Yet even the Berbers have had their share of Celts and Visigoths and Romans ‘blending in’.
So not that long ago, all these various folks started heading to The New World. Here we forgot many old barriers and just wanted to live our lives as we saw fit. Talk to someone today about the meaning of The Wear’n O’ The Green, they have no clue. Ask what Orange is to Green? Blank stares. Frankly, I think that’s a good thing. Reaching back to a bit before the Oranges and Greens, back to the Iberian root, folks are paying no attention to the time between and just going where their heart leads them.
There is a hostess on “The Five” on Fox news. She has a wonderful “look” about her. Not quite ‘exotic’, but still, strong facial features, sparkling eyes, vivacious full of life character. Dark hair, but with strikingly light skin.
On today’s St. Patrick’s day show, she was dressed in green. The “token left wing” commenter poked fun at her being “Irish” for a day. She shot right back “I’m the real deal!”. Mom was from Puerto Rico, Dad from Ireland, she’s “First generation!” Irish-American.
Typical story for the Irish in America. We come in many surprising packages – but always with a certain spark… that shows at it’s strongest on St. Patties day.
So, with that, enjoy the day. I’m off to the movies and perhaps a party later ;-)
Oh, and here’s a link to a Fox show about how the youngest generation isn’t “going green” in the environmental sense as much as their parents. This fad, too, shall pass:
So, time for me to do the Wear’n O’ The Green (despite my Mum being more an Orange… though she converted to Catholic before she died.) Enjoy your day, it’s the one day that those of you who are not really children of the Emerald Isle can share in the experience ;-)