March had a different meaning back before kids. St Paddy’s Day meant so much more than just finding something green to wear. Although those party days are behind me, it is still funny to me how big St Patrick’s Day got over here. In Britain we also celebrate St George’s Day (for the English), St Andrew’s Day (for the Scots) and St David’s day (For the Welsh). These saints were local heroes who slayed dragons, performed miracles, or like our good ol’ St Paddy introduced everyone to a new religion. On the day of your saint (representing the country you were born in) you would wear their designated symbol in your lapel with pride. The English wore a rose, the Scots a purple thistle flower, the Irish would wear a shamrock, and the Welsh, God bless us, would wear a leek! Although to be fair, we could also wear a daffodil. St David’s day is March First, the day I am launching The Mauimama Facebook page with the help of Crystal Johnson, and is the day my second son Eli was born. He turns 3, and is so awesome, and made his great-granny very proud to come out on such a patriotic Welsh day. Happy Birthday Eli!
I guess St Patrick’s Day became so big because of all the Irish immigrants flooding into New York. They probably felt very patriotic on that day and celebrated the best way they knew how…beer! So no surprise that caught on better than wearing a leek on your chest all day.
March is also known for getting your taxes prepared. I must say it has been a pleasant surprise to actually get a small tax return for the last few years because of the kid’s credit…yeah! I found out recently how we can help a local non-profit if we do get a tax return and wanted to share it. The Hawai’i Children’s Trust Fund (HCTF) mission, among others, is to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote the development of healthy children in the state of Hawaii. One of its main income sources is the Tax Check-off Program for the Domestic Violence/Child Abuse and Neglect Funds (Line 43C on the 2011 state of Hawaii Income tax return) something I had never heard of. Here you can donate $5 or $10, if filing jointly. Statistics are startling. Apparently more than 5 children die a day in the U.S as a result from child abuse and neglect and about 80% of these little ones are under 4. Sadly in 2009 an estimated 1,976 keiki in Hawai’i were victims of child maltreatment.
I’m hoping this month that taxes go smooth and that we all have the luck of the irish! Mahalo and enjoy.