Just to be contrary…

When I was a kid we moved a lot. I eventually sort-of graduated from the twelfth public school in which I was ever enrolled, so I was always the new kid. You could say I was a bit maladjusted. You could also say an atomic bomb is a bit loud.

Being socially isolated, I read a lot. Which ironically meant I tended to do poorly in school and was also better educated, in a spotty sort of way, than most of my “schoolmates.” For example, I made it a point to never wear green on St. Patrick’s day – because I knew where the tradition came from. Which virtually none of my “schoolmates” did.

In fact, just to be a prick (and even though I couldn’t possibly have cared less about religion, or about Irish history for that matter) I occasionally found some way of wearing orange. All the times I did that, nobody ever got the joke. Not once.


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9 Responses to Just to be contrary…

  1. Ben says:

    Strange! Just today someone told me that they had heard that wearing orange on St. Paddie’s Day was an “insult to the Irish”, and I had never heard of this “orange on Paddy’s day” thing. Well, after an exhaustive 60-seconds of research, it seems that it’s not an insult at all, although it could certainly earn you a fight in certain Irish venues. Or worse.

    Those wearing green were simply self-identifying as Protestant.

  2. MJR says:

    Just for you Joel…

  3. Joel says:

    Actually I think those wearing green were self-identifying as Catholics.

    Orange is for Protestants.

  4. MJR says:

    I know Joel, my mom was green and my dad was an orange. It made for some very lively conversations at home when I was a kid. :^) If you look at the Irish flag the tricolors represent the green for the Catholics, the orange for the Protestants and the white for peace to bring them together.

  5. Ben says:

    “Actually I think those wearing green were self-identifying as Catholics.”

    My ancient brain thought one thing, my fingers apparently typed something totally different. Go figure.

  6. Bill T says:

    Funny you would point this out. One of the guy’s I work with wore an orange shirt to work today, he’s a Protestant Irishman. I knew what he was about but no one else did. I had to explain it to one of my co-workers. Gots to know your history.

  7. coloradohermit says:

    I wore green and a leprechaun hat self-identifying as a silly old woman. Got smiles. It was a good day.

  8. Robert says:

    My late roomie always made a point of wearing orange.

    I wore a hippie-style tie-dyed T-shirt today because I was planning on spaghetti for supper. Ha.

  9. John says:

    Like MJR only my folks were the reverse. Orange and green, so brown I guess?

To the stake with the heretic!