Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

From the day I was born, I have been celebrating St. Patrick's Day on March 17th of every year. The entire population of Montserrat has been doing it. We are a small island in the Caribbean (not on many maps, so don't even bother looking) with an area of approximately 39 square miles. When it was fully populated, about 12,000 people lived on Montserrat. And then the volcano came to life. Today, a lot less people live on Montserrat but nonetheless, as is our custom, this week, they are enjoying cultural activities for the week-long celebration of our unique African and Irish heritage.

I have been a bit pensive lately. Wondering if I am teaching my daughter enough about her "Blackness". After all, she scared the crap out of me when she came home the other day and asked,

"Am I brown or Am I tan?"

Just when I was preparing the script in my mind, she came home with this.

*Can't you see it's a brown leprechaun? ;-)
They are very tricky little people, you know.


*Visit Montserrat: http://www.visitmontserrat.com/

*Info on Montserrat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montserrat


vchelle said...

I'm not Irish at all but Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't you just love those little minds...too cute!

kath said...

haha, that is the cutest leprechaun ever! I love that (s)he is wearing purple.
There is a slight resemblance to Makeda Queen of Sheba as well.


margie said...

happy st. patricks day to you too. montserrat website is promoting a week of st. patricks day! my son goes to school in halifax and he just commented that he thought st. patricks day was bigger down there than christmas. i had to laugh because he said the most jewish thing, what is st. patricks? i told him to look it up and not to get too drunk!

SE'LAH... said...

You know, it's a stiff competition. Don't take much for the Irish to party...and I can say that because I'm a Black Irish ;-)

Ruth said...

Thank you for your visit to my Paris post. I have just added an Ireland slideshow to my sidebar in honor of St. Patrick's Day. :)

Diane said...

ah the innocence and curiosity of youth!

Relyn said...

This post made me think of a recent post of mine. (http://comesitbymyfire.blogspot.com/2009/02/colors-of-us.html) I'd be interested to know what you think of a recent class project we did.

lisaschaos said...

I think we always worry if we're teaching the things we want to our children. Signs of being a good parent. :)

Christina said...

Your daughter knows what's up! lol I know your going to cherish that leprechaun! It's adorable. A whole week, huh?


ELK said...

perfect leprechaun ! love your thoughts here...ELK

Anonymous said...

LOL! She is really articulate.