It’s that time of the year again. The time when many seniors’ fancy turns to anything that’s green! Grass, flowers, hats, shamrocks, it doesn’t matter! Some even like a green beer or two and there are those who are fond of little green pieces of paper with pictures of our past presidents on them. That gets them started thinking of field trips to Blackhawk and Central City where leprechauns actually grow those things! Following that, it’s compulsory that we all drag out those songs we don’t know that we haven’t attempted for a year, and try, yes we really try, to sing them like Irishmen for a few hours while we load up on corned beef and cabbage and green beer and all the other wonderful goody’s that go with St Paddy’s day!
Maybe I’m entirely wrong but other than Christmas and the 4th of July, I can’t think of any other special day of the year that folks spend more time preparing for, than St. Patrick’s day? It’s like an International holiday. People take a day off work. Bars all over town color their beer green, and people who normally can’t spell Irish are walkin’ and talkin’ it for one day like they’d been doing it all their lives! Provided they make it home from the bars with all the celebration and singing, they’ll be ready to do it again next year and It doesn’t matter what your ancestry or origin may be, for that one day, you’re Irish and that’s it! Comprende?
St. Patrick’s day to many folks (including me) is also many more things. It’s the kickoff to a brand new summer season. It’s the time of year when we start paying attention to major league baseball’s spring training camps and it’s also the time of year when the Broncos try to pick up a few diamonds in the rough to make another run at the Super Bowl! If we’re married, we notice the leaves budding out on the trees and spring flowers poking their heads up out of the ground. It’s also the time when we start paying attention to the latest and greatest lawn mower and weed killer ads. If we’re single, it’s the time when the smell of romance fills the perfumed air and the signal that it’s time for the ladies to find out what’s brand new and exciting with you!
This week I’ll get to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with Brenda Slone and all her Seniors buddies over at Heritage Lakewood. I know this isn’t the first holiday fest I’ve played there but I can’t remember ever playing a St. Paddy’s day get together for her! Needless to say I’ve been busy digging out all those tunes like Irish Lullaby and Danny Boy and dusting them off even though I’ve been familiar with them since I was a kid. It’s amazing how, as the years go on, those tunes seem to be pitched higher every time I try to sing them! Is is that, or is it maybe because my voice has become lower and more gravelly as father time and the years march along?
So ladies, find something green to wear, fire up the crock pot and get the corned beef cooking, (it makes the kitchen smell good,) pin a Shamrock on your shirt and head down to the local pub to see if you can find a Leprechaun to kiss! That way, you’ll have good luck for the rest of the year and all the Leprechauns with good Irish names like Lefkowitz or Gonzales will bless you for it! HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY EVERYBODY!
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Thanks again everybody,
Posted by All Around Seniors at 3/19/2014 4:32 AM