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Lucky Early Spring

March 23, 2020
By Cecilia D. Moen , Emmetsburg News

My first St Pat's Day in Emmetsburg was frigidly cold and icy. Still I loved the vibrancy of all the revelers. It was a sea of green clothing and smiling faces.

As years have gone by I have realized how fortunate I am to live among the Irish and their friends, because every year Spring comes early here. As St Patrick's Day approaches the prayers are for 'no ice', because ice means no horses in the grand parade. Green clothing appears and is worn all month long, for here St Pat's is much more than a day, it is a mindset!

Months of planning by amazing volunteers go into the 3-day celebration for a wide variety of fun to be had by people of all ages. No one cares what a groundhog in Pennsylvania decides. Here, Spring comes with the St Pat's Day celebration! It is not just the 'wearin' o' the green', it is that once we all emerge from our winter cocoons nothing can hold us back. And even if the weather was to turn winter-like again (which we acknowledge it often does) it will not matter, because we know it won't last long and warmer days are on the horizon.

I have experienced St Pat's celebrations in short sleeves and glorious sun, but more often those frigid years when we are bundled up in layers of green as we go about all the activities of the weekend.

People come by the carload to Palo Alto County looking for leprechauns, green beer, pots of gold, and that emergence from the winter blahs and blues.

The river is open and I think the lake won't be too far behind. The geese honk overhead as they chart their return. The sun has shown wildly upon us in preparation. Homes and businesses are decorated, and even the hair turns green on a few folks! Green grass shows through the few piles of remaining snow and there have already been a few reported Robins in the area. Flowers are not in season yet, though shamrocks of all sizes will greet you wherever you go!

Spring in our area comes early to the hearts and minds of our people because we join together to celebrate! Whether you choose one activity or try to squeeze them all in, be sure to take part. Join in the festivities and you'll soon find, you've got Spring in your heart!

And if you are lucky enough to be from here, you know it's not luck at all, but that we have been greatly blessed.

 
 
 

 

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