Wednesday, March 17, 2021

St. Patrick's Day (and spider junk)

 Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

My day at work was fun. Little P.'s mom (one of our Guidance Counselors) goes all out on holidays to think of fun activities and treats for the entire school. Today she brought green iced cookies for the staff, arranged for candy and green bead necklaces to be hidden around the school for the students to find, served "leprechaun juice" (green Hawaiian Punch) during all four lunches, and encouraged everyone to dress up in green today to celebrate. No one can beat her for dressing up for special occasions! Here's a photo of her I shared on the school's FB page this morning.


Don't you just love it? It's obvious where little P. gets his quirky sense of humor and outgoing personality!







It being St. Pat's Day made the morning go by quickly, as I kept getting called to take pictures to share on social media of staff wearing green as well as all the treats. The cafeteria staff cooked an Irish themed lunch today: shepherds pie, roasted potatoes, and cabbage! There were even fresh strawberries for dessert. Everyone was in a good mood. The new band director, Mr. Cribb, greeted me first thing this morning with a  hearty "Top o' the mornin' to ya!" and made me laugh. 

So, speaking of little P....he's been coming to my desk the past couple of afternoons and Googling photos of spiders. I have no idea why he's so obsessed with spiders all of a sudden but that's all he's wanted to talk about. Today after we looked at some pictures of different types he turned to me and asked (giggling up a storm), "Mrs. Barlow....do spiders have penises?"  Hahahahaha!

After I quit laughing I had to admit that I have no idea whether or not spiders have penises. When I saw him reach for my keyboard to start typing into the search bar, I said, "Don't you Google that on my work computer!" I know him well enough now that I knew that's what he was about to do! Of course, then I had to explain why he couldn't look up the answer. Our district office can and probably does monitor our searches and online activity. It might look a little weird if my bosses saw me looking for spider penises on my work computer! The thought of that really made him giggle, the little imp.

There's never a dull moment with that boy around! 

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  2. I love that photo of Little P's mom! She is wearin' that hat, and that green jacket is sharrrrrrrp as a tact! I love when people have fun with holidays and run with it. Makes a every day, feel more fun and not a humdrum of yet "another" day. It think it must be why I love most holidays.

    Have you since found out if male spiders have penises?

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    1. A quick search just now revealed that they do, indeed, have something "analogous" to a penis....so, kind of?

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  3. I love little boys and how their minds work. And yes- I can see where he gets his personality.

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  4. No, males spiders don't, but they are also seen as a hearty dinner by the female,

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    1. I know! And since he's just a little kid I didn't want to mention that to him (it might not be appropriate) but I'll bet that would make him laugh!

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  5. lil P's mom really gets into the spirit! off to google "spider reproduction methods"...

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    1. Did you learn more than you ever wanted to know about spiders and their mating habits? Haha!

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  6. Top to bottom, you had a fun day. I was going to add that female spiders generally eat their mates as an encore. Will you tell little P?

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    1. No, I'm planning to steer future conversations away from the subject of penises and sex, even if it's just spider penises and spider sex! Haha!

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  7. I love it all and yes, Little P.'s mom is really styling for St. Patrick's day! I used to work at a medical office that celebrated every holiday and it was so much fun!

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    1. Silly harmless fun makes the work day so much better! Thanks Bonnie!

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  8. Little P's mom looks like a great role model for having fun; love her green jacket. You are right, that spider search might have gotten someone's attention. Too funny.

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  9. Just by chance I made an Irish Stew yesterday. It was only when my wife asked me if it was to celebrate St Patrick's Day that I realised the coincidence.

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    1. I must admit, the shepherd's pie the cafeteria made for lunch yesterday.....wasn't very good. I'm sure your stew, on the other hand, was delicious!

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  10. I was not really aware of it being St. Patrick's Day until I read about it on several blogs yesterday; it is not something generally observed here. But "my" Irish Pub (the one I rented for my 50th birthday and where I regularly go to the pub quiz in non-Corona times) hosted a huge party every year - so packed that I never attended, only ever saw photos and heard stories ;-)

    Yes indeed, Little P's Mum comes across like she is the source of his fun-loving personality and quirky humour!
    You can tell Little P that your friend in Germany (who says THANK YOU for the card - it arrived on Tuesday) has her very own spidery friend, living outside my bathroom window in a perfectly made web. The spider never comes in, even when I leave the window open after a shower to get the steam out, but quietly lives there, usually showing him/herself only when it gets dark.

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    1. I'm glad your card arrived on time!

      I will tell little P about your spider friend as soon as I see him again! I've already let him know that I'm not afraid of spiders, and that most of them are harmless. :)

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  11. Wow. Stereotypes much? I find this pretty shocking that a school guidance counselor would push this kind of ethnic bs. Are you planning a big Cinco de Mayo celebration with sombreros and cactuses? This is horrible. Look I enjoy reading your blog and I'm sure you are a nice person, but please think about this just a little bit.

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    1. "Shocking" ethnic bs? Really?


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    2. I've been thinking a lot about your comment, Lynn Marie, and I cannot let it pass. What negative label is being ascribed to a race of people? How do St Patrick's day celebrations offend any one who is Irish? How does celebrating Cinco De Mayo offend those of Mexican heritage. There are stereotypes that do need to be challenged, and they should be. However I gotta say, you're being pretty over zealous. It's stuff like this that distracts and provides ammunition for truly racist people to ridicule 'the other side' as being 'too PC'

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    3. Thank you, Debby. I'm guessing Lynn Marie is just a troll trying to stir up a reaction. Best ignored, probably.

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    4. Thanks to Debby for the perfect response!

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  12. Little P's mother seems to be a joy. So, did you google spider penises when you got home? If not, I just did: Male spiders don't have penises. Instead, they possess two stubby appendages called pedipalps that they use to store sperm and copulate with female mates.

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  13. It seems that St.Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in US. Not so here in UK as far as I have ever noticed! Just by the actual Irish community I guess. It did get mentioned quite a lot on social media, but not such a big deal as in your school!

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    1. It's not really a big deal here, although everyone tries to wear a little something green and kids will pinch each other if they're not wearing green. Of course, during morning announcements pinching was forbidden!

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  14. Fun time for all the children what a lovely idea to celebrate St. Patrick's day.

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  15. In Ireland they don't make ersatz leprechaun juice, they squeeze fresh leprechauns.

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  16. Lots of wearing of the green yesterday at my school too. No juice or cookies, though (covid rules). Did you dress up for the day? -Jenn

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    1. I didn't really dress up, but I had two necklaces made of green beads and shamrocks that I wore over my ID lanyard!

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  17. As my Dad would say, 'That's a jaunty looking outfit!'

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  18. Ha! It seems like a pretty reasonable question, maybe in science class...so he could go to the science department and Google it there! Weirdly, we did nothing much for St. Patty's Day here. I like your school spirit!

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    1. I don't think he was really that interested in spider reproduction.......I think that, like most (almost) 8 year old boys he loves words like "pee" and "poop" and "penis" for their shock value. I wasn't shocked! :) Penis isn't a bad word and I was careful to not make a big deal of it.

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  19. A rather belated Happy St Patrick's Day! Belfast usually has a huge St Patrick's Day Parade, but that was cancelled this year because of the pandemic. Your workplace certainly goes to town with all the St Pat's bits and pieces. A shame I can't try the leprechaun juice!

    March 17 is also St Gertrude's Day, St Gertrude being the patron saint of cats, travellers and gardeners.

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    1. I know you're in Ireland, Nick. Thank you for not calling me out for my "ethnic stereotyping BS" like the commentator above!

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  20. Googling that you might come up with pictures of Donald Trump without his shorts on. I can understand why St Patrick's Day is special in Ireland and to people of Irish descent but I cannot understand why so many others get on board with it.

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    1. It's just a bit of harmless fun around here.

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