Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Top of the mornin' to ya!

Ouch! That’s what I remember most about being a kid on St. Patrick’s Day. Forgetting to wear green was a bad mistake as you ran the risk of getting pinched over and over again all day long. I never really had that problem, though, as redheads tend to have more green in their closets than any other color.

My red hair came from my grandfather, a nice part-Irish man with the nickname, Rusty. Thank heavens that moniker didn’t stick with me. Did you know that red hair usually skips a generation? My sister, Leslie, gave birth to a beautiful little redhead after skipping two generations. Meet my precious niece, Elise. (Incidentally, this picture was taken on the only snow day in 2007, here in Franklin, Tennessee. Too bad she's not wearing green.)

And speaking of redheads, from what my limited research tells me, it’s a myth that we’re becoming extinct. It’s just not true.

Although my days of chugging green beer have turned into sipping green tea, I still love the excitement of St. Paddy’s Day at our local pub. The folks were flowing out onto the street by 5 o'clock yesterday at McCreary’s when I happened to drive past after work. I wore my green yesterday. But I think I was the only one in the office who did! Ahh, where’s the spirit? As for me, I’ll do anything to hone in on the luck of the Irish.

And . . . I think it worked! I found out at the end of the day on St. Patrick's Day that my book, Whistlin' Dixie In A Nor'easter, will be released in audio! Thank you, Blackstone Audio. I look forward to working with you.

Oh, and a shout out to my dear friend, Sarah Berger. Hope you enjoyed your St. Patrick's Day Birthday, you cute young thing!

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was lucky. I’d love to hear about it.


Tracy Madison said...

Lisa, the pinching thing is still going on. Yesterday morning, barely awake, not a drop of coffee in me yet, still wearing my very pink pjs, my two little boys rush in and start pinching me. Because I didn't have a speck of green on. So...being the enterprising gal I am, I used a green highlighter to color a bright green circle on my arm.

Thankfully, that was enough for them!

Your niece is beautiful!

Lisa Patton said...

Tracy, that is precious. And it makes me miss my boys being little. ENJOY while you can! thank you for this funny little story, and most of all thank you for complimenting my sweet little Elise!! Have a great day.

Maureen Lipinski said...

What's with this pinching thing? I've never heard of this.

Your niece is gorgeous! I have to visit the salon every eight weeks to get my hair color the same as hers!

Jillian Cantor said...

I was always jealous of red heads -- and your niece is gorgeous! Congrats on the audio sale. So exciting!!

Lesley Livingston said...

Congrats on the audio sale! That's tremendous!

(and my brother used to lie in wait - pinching digits poised and ready!)