OK, I'm not really Irish.
My maiden name was Ogrodowczyk, which was impossible for anyone except Polish-speaking people to pronounce properly.
Of course there were no Polish-speaking people in the ultra-WASP Toronto neighbourhood in which I grew up.
Classroom role call would typically go something like “Sam Martin, Susie Mondale, Teresa Newman, Rosalind (giant pause) uhhhh…, Pat Peterson” and so on.
As a child, the attention to my ‘weird' name was embarrassing.
While whining to my father one day about this ‘problem' (for which he was to blame) he told me that we were in fact Irish and that the name should be spelled ‘O'Grodowczyk'.
I immediately became “Rosie O'Grady” and changed my favorite color from blue to green, and in later years would accept beer and jigs – not vodka and polkas – as my favorite way to celebrate.
Well today is St. Patrick's Day and time to celebrate! (I'm heading for a Women's Shelter benefit tonight where a friend is slinging Irish stew and the beer is only $2 a pop.)
Over the past few weeks it's gotten pretty green over at CafePress where merchants have been preparing for the big day in a big way so the Irish, (as well as we ‘adopted' Irish) can show off our love of green.
If you love green or any other color, you can join the CafePress affiliate program today and choose from over 20 million unique products including t-shirts, posters, books and CDs to promote.
Or, put your thinking cap on and come up with some snappy designs and sayings and open your own CafePress store with no upfront costs.
You'll get a free online shop where you can promote your products on your website, blog or in the CafePress Marketplace. CafePress handles all product creation, credit card processing, shipping and customer service.
Start today and be ready to go green – and get some green – next St. Patrick's Day.
Or, work fast… Easter is right around the corner.
Do it today.
I may not be Irish, but you'll want to kiss me anyway. 🙂
Happy St. Patrick's Day!