17 Mar Slice of Life: Luck of the Irish… or Not!
My mom loved holidays! St. Patrick’s Day was one of her favorites. She was always decked out in green – novelty turtleneck and all! I will always remember the year she died my hair green…
You see I went to Catholic school so wearing green was not really an option. We wore a uniform and it was blue, gray and yellow. I could sport a pin or green ribbons in my hair, but it wasn’t enough for my mom. This year she wanted to go all out!
The night before St. Patrick’s Day operation green hair ensued. My mom had the entire bathroom set up so we could die my hair. I was so excited I could barely hold still as worked it through my hair.
Will it wash out?
Yes with a few shampoos.
Will we see it with my hair?
I think so.
Will my teachers mind?
Why would they?
Well with picture day tomorrow…
The scrubbing began and soon my hair was almost back to normal.
Don’t worry. We will put your hair in pigtails and no one will be the wiser!
Picture day went off without a hitch and without green!
I think back on this story every year as I plan how I will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Today, I am wearing my mom’s favorite Irish pin, claddagh ring and green dress. I won’t be dyeing anyone’s hair, but I will spread some luck of the Irish around the house!
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