Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My daughter’s name is Erin and my son’s name is Kyle. You can’t get much more Irish than that. Both old Gaelic names that have a lot of meaning for my husband and I. Erin means peace. Before she was born we decided that was the name we wanted for her. Is there a more important wish to have for our children? Ireland and green go hand in hand. What thoughts does the color green conjure up for you? St. Patrick’s Day, green beer, shamrocks, green grass, green trees, being environmentally consciences, money, sprouts, Green Party, green energy, green with envy, jello?
For me there is nothing like the greens of early spring. Here in Maine,when we start to crave green, late winter/early spring is not only time to tap the maple trees, it’s also when we plant the first seeds of the new year, onions. Believe it or not onions take forever to grow from seed so we start them early in March right along with some celery. Green and more green. There is something magical when those delicate green shoots first appear, growing under the carefully positioned lights that tease the life force from out under the soil.
So to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today, put away the green beer and plant some onion seeds!
Slán Agat (Good bye),