First off, I’d like to thank the Morgans for inviting me to blog. Secondly, I’m sitting here thinking—What the heck am I supposed to blog about? The Easter Leprechaun?
No, really….think about it! Why else would we have Easter the week AFTER St. Patrick’s Day unless good ol’ Hoppy decided, “That’s it! Take your colored eggs and hide them yourself. I’m taking a vacation!”
Now, Paddy. He’s an enterprising sort. (Aren’t all leprechauns?) I mean, you don’t really hear about very many broke leprechauns, do you? They’re the Donald Trumps of the whole supernatural society without the embarrassment of The Apprentice. So, Paddy the Leprechaun figures he’s going to get some major holiday pay for juggling two events.
But you know, April really isn’t his month. He’s a March kind of guy. Besides, why drag the whole holiday thing out any further than you have too? So, after all the partying on the 17th, Paddy the Leprechaun hauls the green suit out once more for the next weekend. Slap on some bunny ears, wrestle a kindergartener for those gold-foil wrapped coins, and there ya go. The perfect parade uniform.
Paddy’s got the whole marketing thing figured out too. Think of the advantages to having the two holidays back to back. All those St. Patrick decorations and candy are at a reduced price right now. Sure, you’re going to have a lot green eggs with the ham this year. But how many years have kids been buying that book? It’s classic. Besides, you wanted the kiddies to actually LOOK for those eggs, didn’t you?
And while they’re buzzing mindlessly on sugar in the backyard, go ahead and finish of the last of the green beer. The slightly off-kilter look will go well with the wide-eyed rabid ferret look that kids get after their fiftieth marshmallow egg. Who knew a six year old could go totally postal if you didn’t have enough SpongeBob gummy crabby-patties to go around? (shudder)
So, there you have it folks! Why St. Patrick’s Day and Easter fell in the same month, five days apart. And if you see a rainbow and happen to follow it to the end, tell Paddy the Easter Leprechaun Howdy from me, will you?
Author of the Blue-Collar Werewolves avail from New Concepts Publishing