Going green

Yesterday was Carmen's first St. Patrick's Day.  In the morning I dutifully dressed Elian in ribbit-green diaper and reminded Arnold that if he didn't wear green he'd be really asking for trouble at school.  Then I passed by Carmen's room to explain about St. Patrick's.

Me: Today is St. Patrick's Day.  We have to wear green.  Look at Elian's green!  (insert enthusiasm here)

Carmen: Oh, okay. (She says this to almost everything)

Me:  Yeah, if you don't wear green then people can pinch you.

Carmen:  Oh Okay (Insert, yeah-right-crazy-lady laugh)

Me: No seriously.  It's a tradition.

Carmen:  Mhhmmm (this was done in the "my daughter-in-law the silly gringa" tone)

Me: Yeah and if someone pinches you and you're secretly wearing green than you get to hit them!  (I'm really selling this notion which I realize is really ludicrous/unimportant but I feel it is my duty to enthusiastically teach her about American cultural traditions)

Carmen:  Okay, if you say so.

Of course she didn't change into green.  But then I haven't been able to get her to eat brown rice either.  Le sigh.  I guess control freaks can't win 'em all!

In semi-related news my friend Tyler posted a beautiful prayer by St. Patrick on his blog.  Ck it out here.

Posted on March 17, 2010 and filed under Livin la Vida Loca.