That’s a good luck tree!
My grandson now points to all sorts of objects and proclaims that they will bring luck. This is a remnant of our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. “Hi Grammie, It’s Patirck’s Day,” said with a big smile and a hug. Did you make cookies?” Yes of course, Irish oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies, just for you.” With another big hug, “Oh, thank you Grammie”
Then we walk down the stairs to the basement where there are gold coins on the floor. This is a sure sign that a leprechaun has been there. Shamrocks hang at different levels form the ceiling. A statue of what is either a very old St. Patrick, or an Irish bishop stands on the table. In front of it is a welcome sign in wood panels with shamrocks painted on. A shamrock bear straddles a Green Bay Packers ice bucket that just happens to be the right colors to be part of the scenario. There is green garland hanging from the wall highlighting a Happy St. Patrick’s Day sign. There is even a kit on the table with all the materials needed for building a leprechaun trap. The scene was set.
Oliver goes down the stairs and the spotlight is on the floor aimed at the little truck filled with building blocks and a small stuffed toy leprechaun sits astride the truck at the end of the trail of gold coins. Oliver says “Look, what’s that?” “I guess the leprechauns have been here.” He goes over to the truck and starts playing after laughing, with that wonderful giggle of happiness.
Green flowers adorn the table and the shamrock plates are placed on the shamrock table cloth and references to luck abound. When it’s time to eat,. Oliver says, “Wait” He makes sure everyone has closed his or her eyes, and then he begins, “Bless us oh Lord for these thy gifts we are about to receive, from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, amen!”
Part of life is being lucky, but the best part is being blessed