Yes, Diego There is a Leprechaun

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day.  We are Latinos. This holiday is not a big celebration in our house. When I was growing up the only thing we did to celebrate this holiday was wear something green so that we wouldn’t get pinched at school.  For some reason,  Diego had it in his head that St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal.  Last year, after picking him up from kindergarten he excitedly told me that he couldn’t wait to get home to see what the leprechauns had left him.  I had never heard of this before, but he told me that in school he learned about leprechauns and their magic. I quickly called Juan on my cell phone and discreetly told him about Diego’s belief. I asked him to stop and buy something “lepruchanish” on his way home and beat us there. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I saw Juan’s car in driveway.  Diego made a mad dash out of the car and went inside. He discovered some green candy and a box of Lucky Charms,  and was delighted. Whew!

Fast forward to his year. It has been a very stressful month (hence, no blogging). I was surprised to learn it was already St. Patrick’s day. Luckily, Diego’s school uniform polos are green,  so getting ready for the big day was easy. On my way home from work I had to stop at the drug store. While checking out I remembered to pick up a couple of boxes of Lucky Charms. When I got home I presented the kids their leprechaun gift. They were pleasantly surprised and proceeded to open the box and begin snacking on them before I could finish preparing my Irish/Mexican dinner, corned beef tacos.  After dinner was done, the dishes washed and Diego ready for bed, he came to me with tears welling up in his eyes.

“Mommy, the leprechauns didn’t come.  I left them clover and they didn’t bring me anything.”

“What?” I asked. He took me to his room and there in the corner, on the floor was a cup filled with water and a few weeds that could be mistaken for clover.

I was stunned. I did not know what to do. In a panic, I reassured him that the leprechauns hadn’t finished with their day yet and maybe they would come after he went to sleep. I told him to put the clover outside so they could find it. He seemed convinced,even though he thought it might be better if he left it inside and he stayed awake to meet them.

After he fell asleep I went to the grocery store and roamed the aisles looking for something “lepruchanish.” Damn.  Chocolate bunnies and Easter baskets already filled the aisles. Finally, I found a little green stuffed bear in the floral department. I added some green Powerade and green sour apple candies. I asked the grocery clerk for some gold dollar coins and when I got home I polished the coins with my jewelry cleaner. They looked like newly minted bullion, fit for a leprechaun! I put it all together in a leftover green gift bag and left it outside with a note, next to his clover.

This morning, Diego was up earlier than usual and ran outside to see if the leprechaun had come.  He was thrilled! His 13 year-old sister rolled her eyes and looked at me skeptically. Now, maybe I was just played by a 6 year-old, but maybe not. How long until he starts rolling his eyes and becomes an unbeliver? I don’t think I have much longer until he stops believing in the magic. So, for now, yes Diego there is a leprechaun.


9 thoughts on “Yes, Diego There is a Leprechaun

  1. Regina says:

    Thanks for the sweet story. Our St. Patrick’s Day ritual is a Shamrock shake from McDonald’s. Because I am no longer 18 and have been running every morning at 6:00 a.m. with my sister, I decided to ask how many calories in a small Shamrock shake. Over 500! I ordered one for Danielle and one for my Mom, Danielle can still afford the calories and Mom my is past caring!

    1. Ohh, I never have tried a Shamrock shake, but it sounds good. Unfortunately, I, too don’t need the extra calories. I’m glad the blog link if finally working for you. I miss talking to you but life has been very busy and finding time to blog has been a big challenge too! Maybe we can find time for coffee or share a shamrock shake soon!

  2. Diana over the years your mother has conditioned us to CORN BEE TACOS, in concert with yummy food and our love for our MEXICAN FOOD.. I love that you thought of CORN BEEF TACOS for St. Patricks Day… GREAT THINKING.. NOW IF WE CAN INCORPORATE THIS USING GREEN TORTILLIAS.. I think we are on to something…HMMMM .. and GREEN ENCHILADAS .HMMM…..

  3. Adorable story Diana. I love the Lucky Charms addition. Who knew that there are really leprechauns! You should read with him the series Artemus Fowl. There are Leps and fairies in that. I just finished the 2nd book and really like it even though the closest I get to fantasy is Harry Potter. Thanks for visiting my new blog too 🙂

  4. Jane says:

    Diana. You are such a great mom! I ‘m Irish, about 75% anyway, and I never had a leprechaun leave me anything. Hmmm. Is this one of those “Hallmark” traditions? Doesn’t matter. You made Diego happy and found a new way to celebrate life. No down side there. Janie B. (at work)

  5. […] Since that day, we have shared many things. The baby years were a happy blur. It was such a busy time for you to come into our lives. We were remodeling our house, your siblings were in grade school, there were soccer games, baseball games, all kinds of activities. But you were a trooper, going places with us, never complaining. Over the years we have watched you grow into the funny, spirited, loving boy that you are. You make me laugh more than you make me cry. I love how you have such a special bond with your siblings. How you make friends so quickly. I love the way you question things that don’t seem right to you, like why some people are homeless.  I love the way you accept other things so easily, like the magic of leprechauns. […]

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