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From the Publisher's Desk – I guess this will do in a pinch (March 11, 2015 issue)

“Ouch,” is usually my response, but wait a minute while I check my underwear.
I’m referring to St. Patrick’s Day, where I usually forget to wear anything green. It’s clearly not on my outer attire, which is probably dark brown or black due to the slimming visual those colors offer. My last resort is to check for a tiny thread or stitching on my underwear. Oh forget it! Just pinch me!
I read several variations on where this tradition came from. One noted that Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. Green is traditionally worn on St. Patrick’s day to honor the Emerald Isle. Tradition holds that on that day, people who do not wear green are pinched as a reminder to wear green to honor the Emerald Isle.
Another theory stated that it is an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.
I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to not wear green just to see if a leprechaun appears. As a child I tried eating Lucky Charms but no leprechaun appeared. I actually think I had mom get them just for the prize inside. “Now are you wanting this because you will eat it or you just want the toy inside,?” she would ask.
Remember Lucky, the little green leprechaun? He was usually being chased through the forest by several children who were wanting his cereal. This would cause his to utter his famous catch phrase “They’re always after me Lucky Charms!.” At one point he would sing “Frosted Lucky Charms, they’re magically delicious.” Later the commercials switched to “That’s me Lucky Charms.”
Did you know that Lucky Charms has offered a variation of marshmallow shapes over the years?
In 1986, a whale-shaped marshmallow was temporarily added to the lineup.
In 1990, green pine tree-shaped marshmallows were temporarily added to the lineup. During that time, the cereal promoted Earth Day with a free Colorado Blue Spruce seedling with proofs-of-purchase.
In 1991, the star and balloon shape marshmallows were combined for a short time. The red balloon featured a gold six-pointed star; The star was removed at a later date to make the Red Balloon and Star marshmallows separate.
In 1994, sprinkles were temporarily added to the marshmallows.
In 1999, the moon shape marshmallows were modified with the addition of the yellow curve line for a limited time.
In 2000, a “New Sparkling Rainbow” was added to the mix for a limited time. It was described by General Mills as “a sprinkling of multicolored sugar on a white rainbow marbit.” This marshmallow replaced the original rainbow at this time.[
In 2010, the swirled marshmallows were in Lucky Charms for a limited time.
In June 2013, two new rainbow marshmallows were added for LGBT Pride Month.
I don’t know how lucky you will become by eating the cereal. With all of the sugar it has, I imagine diabetes might be in the future. However, I will accept any good luck that might come my way.
I try not to break mirrors, walk under ladders or open umbrellas inside. I do have lots of “X” markings on my car glass where I have crossed off the bad luck of cats crossing in front of me.
I have held on to horseshoes, rabbit’s feet and picked up pennies found heads up. I have tried to drive to the end of a rainbow for the pot of gold. I have made a wish on the wishbone of a turkey. I have thrown salt over my shoulder. And, then, there is the four-leaf clover. For some reason I can search and search and not find one of those.
My mom and several friends seem to just spot them with ease. Evidently passing the clover on to someone doesn’t do the trick as finding it yourself. I can’t say I got very lucky from that. I do still take it and put it up to dry. In fact, I have one in the cabinet in my office. Oh well, who knows what might have happened had I not had that in my possession.
I have a friend who can always do well with the lottery tickets. Me, I imagine am one ticket short or too late of the multi-million dollar win. I usually don’t even have anything handy to scratch the off the silver and find what’s underneath.
Back to St. Patrick. He really did exist. The dates of his life cannot be fixed with certainty but, on a widespread interpretation, he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century. He is generally credited with being the first bishop of Armagh, Primate of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March, the date of his death.
I better check to see that my green underwear is clean.