Kiss Me, I’m Wearing Green

Hey! It’s Amateur Day!

And me with a redheaded child. I can’t tell you how much I wish we did not have to leave the house today.

I’m going to keep count of how many people ask me if (or more likely, tell me that) Sam is Irish. No, actually. We’re pretty sure he is not. Granted, we do not know Will’s Dad’s heritage, but the rest of the family is Sicilian, English, Scottish, Dutch.

Last time we flew a woman behind us in line told us that Sam is Irish and she’s sure of it because she visited Ireland last year and blah blah blah and the guy behind her, we were delighted to find out, was actually Irish and just rolled his eyes at her. That was awesome.

Look, I know people just like to make conversation. But I have little tolerance for fools and telling me my kid has red hair is fucking stupid; telling me his heritage is just moronic. Why not stick to telling me he’s cute, or talking about the goddamn weather?

(P.S. Do I lose all right to be annoyed if I dress him in green today?)

13 thoughts on “Kiss Me, I’m Wearing Green

  1. Laurie Ann

    March 17, 2009 at 8:21am

    My best friend has bright red hair and not a drop of Irish in her. She’s Welsh and German.

    I am NOT wearing green today.

    PS. Sam is awfully cute. How about this lovely weather?

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  2. Annika

    March 17, 2009 at 8:27am

    Oh yeah, we’re Welsh too! Also I am wearing green, but not where anyone can see it. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

  3. Crystal

    March 17, 2009 at 8:50am

    There is a higher percentage of redheads in the Scottish population than in the Irish. So the whole, “Oh, you’re a redhead, you must be Irish” thing can suck it.

    It never fails that I just seriously forget to wear green almost every year. I even thought about it this morning before I showered and then promptly forgot. I fall back on the excuse that because I am green-eyed, this fulfills my green “requirement.” Anyone who says otherwise and pinches me gets an Irish Backhand. And that’s not a Guiness-laced beverage.

  4. Joni

    March 17, 2009 at 9:18am

    Scottish still = Celtic roots–that’s what I like to remember.

    My best celebration of St. Patrick’s day so far: picking out the green jelly beans and tricking the kids into eating them because we don’t like them. Also, listening to Irish rebel songs sung by the great men I named my youngest for.

  5. Amy

    March 17, 2009 at 10:25am

    I am Irish and am not wearing green nor have red hair. I have been drinking Guinness in Dublin if that counts lol

    I always associate red hair with Scotland anyway

  6. Cazzle

    March 17, 2009 at 11:17am

    If it makes you feel any better, when I was wearing my super-awesome coat the other day, someone told me I looked “really Irish”.
    (As far as we know, there is no Irish or Scottish down my mum’s side, and my Aunt and cousin on that side also share my hair colour. So fuck off, everyone.)

    It’s not easy being ginger! Or being related to one, clearly.

  7. Amy

    March 17, 2009 at 12:06pm

    On the flip side, I am Irish, and that claim is often met with skepticism because, “But your last name is [clearly not Irish].”

    Because I don’t have a mother or anything. Geniuses.

  8. chez shoes

    March 17, 2009 at 12:19pm

    FWIW, I’ve known more redheaded folks of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage than Irish. And, I’m part Irish – about 1/8, so accordingly about 1/8 of what I’m wearing today contains green – yet whenever I mention this fact it’s met with “But you don’t LOOK Irish.”

  9. Gwen

    March 17, 2009 at 2:02pm

    Now that I think of it, all the redheads I know are Scottish or Jewish.

  10. Eileen

    March 17, 2009 at 2:36pm

    I was about to comment that I thought red hair was more linked with Scottish than Irish ancestry, but I see I’ve been beaten to the punch. Several times over!

    Assumed Scottish ancestry = coolest thing ever! (Just ignore the fact that my great grandparents were Irish!)

  11. Lucretia

    March 21, 2009 at 10:25am

    That’s just weird. I’d never presume to say something like that! I’d maybe smile at the kid or say he was cute to the mum, but telling a stranger her son must be Irish is just odd.

    Do you get people smiling at Sam or telling you he’s cute?

  12. Jillian

    March 21, 2009 at 10:44am

    I guarantee that Ben’s lack of a distinguishing hair color will mean less annoyance for me in the years to come. He has brown hair & brown eyes and slightly olive skin (mine). And he’s 3/8s Irish.

    I would have loved to have asked that woman if she bothered to leave her hotel in downtown Dublin. It’s amazing how, despite America being a melting pot, people are still convinced that they can identify minute differences in Caucasian heritage.

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  13. georgia

    March 21, 2009 at 5:17pm

    haha. we got the same thing. and we both have red hair, so a double dose. i’m only a teensy bit irish. and my kid has more german and canadian blood than he does irish.

    red headed boys really are the cutest though :)

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