YES! Once again, my husband forgot today was St. Patrick’s day which ended up (as it does many years) with me dressed in green clothes, green jewelry and even green eye shadow waking him up and saying sweetly, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”
“NOOOOOO!!!!!” he screams as I pinch him. Not really the best way to wake up, but he should pay more attention. I even wore green short to bed last night and he never questioned it.
Today my kids asked me why you get pinched if you aren’t wearing green on St. Patrick’s day (this after a warning that it’s not practiced in Sweden so they better confine that behavior solely to our home). I didn’t know the answer, so I looked it up.
There are 2 explanations. One has to do with not showing enough pride when the Irish were struggling and not wanting to wear colors to express your support of the country.
The other explanation is to watch out for pinching leprechauns.
Guess which explanation my kids got?
(By the way, my husband and I have spent 15 St. Patrick’s Days together. Twice he remembered and once I forgot. I think he slipped something in my green beer.)