Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and I’m fascinated by the American convention of wearing green for this holiday. Do the Irish themselves do it, I wonder? And is there any other holiday when a certain color is considered a requirement? When I was in elementary school, it was common practice to pinch those who weren’t wearing green.
I guess Laura Bush did not have much choice when she met the Irish Prime Minister on St. Patrick’s Day in 2004. In her late fifties here, she wears a crisp suit in the color most associated with the holiday, a kelly Green. It looks good on her, but not on everyone. If you have to wear green, I say, find your own shade. That bunch of shamrocks offers many more possibilities.