They may charm us with their clever wit year round, but St. Patrick’s Day usually takes the cake when listening to our Irish parents.
Here are some things typically heard from Irish parents on March 17th.
1. "Get up, we’ll be late for Mass!"
Ahem, Saint Patrick’s Day.
2. "How many sausages do you want?"
Long day ahead! Better line the stomach with a full Irish fry.
3. "Now, you do know who St. Patrick was, right?..."
Many Irish parents take the time on March 17th to explain St. Patrick’s importance to the history of Catholicism in Ireland. Yes they do.
4. "Ah, bring your jacket for the parade, you’ll freeze!"
Irish parents are never the ones to let their wee ones go cold, especially in unseasonably warm weather like 70 degrees this week.
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5. "Did you see that one marching?"
She’s your father’s cousin’s husband’s sister’s aunt …
Everyone knows everyone in the Irish community; throw them all together in a parade and it becomes a sea of cousins!
6. "Jesus, it’s Galway, not Gaaaaalway."
American accents aren’t always so kind to Irish pronunciations, and most native Irish are never shy to point out.
7. "We’ll just pop in for a pint."
Which, of course, means an hours-long session at the local pub. Guinness, anyone?
8. "Corned beef and cabbage isn’t even Irish!"
The meal typically served on St. Patrick’s Day isn’t considered Irish by irish from Ireland. Opt instead for some spuds and beef stew -- that’ll keep ‘em happy..
9. "Will I put on the kettle?"
As if this is even a matter of discussion after a day parading and pubbing! Typical response Where’s the advil mom?
10. "Good craic, in fairness"
Yes, we had a great time. Reflect on the day spent with family and friends until the wee hours of the morning.
Got any more to add to the list?
*Originally published March 12, 2012.