Avoiding the Pinch

March 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

I do not understand St. Patrick’s day. I have never figured out what it is we’re supposed to celebrate. I don’t understand spending three dollars on a tinsel-covered headband at Walmart, just to wear to a parade. I’ve always kind of attributed my hometown’s attachment to it as a reaction to the lack of Mardi Gras in central Mississippi.

I love green, but I intentionally avoid it on St. Patty’s, because I will not jump on a bandwagon to save my life. So we’re staying in, because I know people that pinch hard.

In other news….my last blog posts have been quite soul searching, haven’t they? Good gracious alive, I can’t handle myself sometimes. Let me just say that the Lord is dealing with me in a big way, and there’s all kinds of stuff going on in my heart and mind and I appreciate having a place to learn to articulate what’s going on. I don’t have a lot of readers, and now probably have less, so I don’t feel bad for sharing, or oversharing, as the case may be.

But I do love the funny. I love my life, the daily ins and outs. My kids have been on a hilarious roll lately, and we’ve laughed pretty  much ’round the clock. The problem is, it’s hard to write down what they say. It’s just not as funny unless you hear them say it. Paisley, the youngest, is one of the those kids who knows how to deliver a line and just keeps us rolling. But if I wrote what she said, it would sound so ordinary here.

So I’m trying to find a balance between the random and the reflective. Today would be the random. For example:

I was listening to the radio yesterday. I won’t name the station, but let’s just say it prides itself on being positive and encouraging. The deejays were talking about all the significant days this week. Monday was “Pi Day”, 3/14. Wednesday was “John 3:16” day. Thursday is St. Patrick’s. Then the woman said, “You know, I’ve always heard of something on the 15th, but I have no idea what that is. Why is that familiar?” The man said, “I don’t know! I’ve heard about that too!” I was rolling my eyes and about to gag when someone called in and said, “It’s the Ides of March.” The deejays didn’t have a clue, so he told them that was the day that Julius Caesar was predicted to die in Shakespeare’s play.

The deejays were still clueless. They kept saying, “Really?”, and “You know, I’ve heard the name Brutus thrown around this week, but I assumed they were talking about Popeye!”, and “I think I may have read that once.”

I was pretty disgusted and turned the radio off. How on earth do you know about made-up days like Pi Day and John 3:16 day and not know the Ides of March? Not to get on an educational high horse, but I had never heard of those other days until yesterday, and I’ve known about the Ides since I was a young teenager. I know this is neither here nor there…but seriously, in a day and time when Christians are under a constant microscope and are considered out of touch and not that smart, is it a good idea to declare your ignorance of one of the most famous plays by one of the most important writers in history? I’m thinking it’s not a good idea at all.

Now look at me, I’m getting all worked up. It was ultimately funny, but it did ruffle my feathers a bit. Probably because my sweet Mamaw was the one who helped me understand Julius Caesar when I was fifteen. She knew all about it, and would have been in a snit if she’d heard that on the radio yesterday. Thank goodness she missed out on that little gem.

And I bet she’s not wearing green today, either.


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