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March 16, 2017

No 'Green Eggs and Ham'

Harry M. Covert

Tradition says all who celebrate Irish heritage should report to city halls tomorrow morning. Mayors and surrogates are supposed to paint youngsters' posteriors green.

 

All right, I'm kidding. The above anecdote was started years ago by Boston Archbishop Cardinal Cushing, a favorite of the late President John F. Kennedy. He was joking, of course, but many of the faithful took him seriously. They didn't know anything about parsing words.

 

To those natives and others who wish they were, they can celebrate "Erin go Bragh" with special green donuts and various malt beverages, Irish coffee and Guinness. What a great day.

 

I expect eateries of all kinds will take advantage of "Saint Paddy's Day." Several waterways throughout the nation are usually colored green. It would be nice for Frederick's Culler Lake to be a bright green. Maybe special lighting could be used.

 

I anticipate all sorts of celebrations, large and small, are on tap in Emmitsburg, up the road from Frederick City and south only a few miles from the Mason-Dixon Line.

 

Hopefully the snow matters of late will not deter broad St. Patrick's Day festivities.

 

To explain, tomorrow, Friday, is that day for parades and everything green. Restaurants will be ready for fare featuring corn beef and cabbage, potatoes and salmon, shepherds’ pie. Oh, heck, tunes like "Danny Boy," and "Irish Eyes are Smiling," among others will dominate the fun and frolic.

 

Here's an alert: please don't confuse "green eggs and ham" with Thurmont’s Shamrock festivities.

 

Show offs without apology will be wearing coats, ties, socks and other kelly green apparel items.

 

I didn't check in with Mayor Randy McClement at Frederick's City Hall on this subject. He'll likely avoid any avalanche of visitors for the "painting of the green."

 

This year's St. Patrick's Day comes on a Friday and hopefully provides a rest from the political conflagrations penetrating all eyes and ears locally, state and nationally.

 

Admittedly talking politics is a fiery matter in these tremulous days. We can be reminded St. Patrick walked through the Emerald Isle a long time ago and, stay with me, chased out the snakes.

 

This writing is not intentionally inferring there are reptiles throughout the land. Sure seems like there may be many asps enjoying disturbing the peace and tranquility of the orderly business of politics.

 

Has divisive political speech ever been as prominent as it is today?

 

Most certainly it has been in times past. Dissecting words is an extreme business among talkers on the hustings. Today, this include media darlings.

 

Conversation is rampant about growing alienation among the masses. It's been going on since 1776 or thereabouts.

 

A fellow known as Mr. Lincoln in a losing campaign said "a house divided against itself cannot stand." He was talking about a matter not called immigrants but slavery.

 

A rest is in order. Irish cuisine is always in order. Tomorrow is no exception.

 

hmcovert@gmail.com

 



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