When I was a little kid, in the grades, I never, ever wore green, but most especially never, ever on March 17th. My mother came from a family with a strong Scots/English heritage, and she always put an orange ribbon in my hair for school this day. I didn’t really understand it all then, but I knew one thing – I was the only kid in the class who wasn’t Irish and proud of it on March 17th.
Here’s the funny part. My Dad does have some Irish in his background – along with French, German, and Scots. But my mother was having none of that. She pointed out that the Scots far outweighed the Irish in her children. 🙂
Then, when I was a teen, my dad married an Irish-American woman who was rightly proud of her family’s heritage. Suddenly, there was no talk of me owning anything orange on March 17th! I had better get some green hair ribbons. For many years, I wore green AND orange hair ribbons on St Paddy’s Day.
Truthfully? I don’t look good in green OR orange. So, just to keep the peace and me looking my best, today I am wearing pink. I think pink looks nice with green and orange. But not both at once.