Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. For Richard Swerdlow and friends it’s time to celebrate everything Irish, including the immigrant story in America.
I'm getting out my green necktie, which I wear one day a year, St. Patrick's Day.
In theory, I shouldn't be wearing it. I have never even been to Ireland, and my grandparents, all four, were immigrants from Eastern Europe. But on St. Patrick’s Day, I’m Irish, at least in spirit.
And I'm not the only honorary Irish person on St. Patrick’s Day. Last year, my friend Lan, from China, had on a green dress and Marcos, from Cuba, was sporting an emerald sweater. Look around on March 17th - almost everybody is wearin' o' the green.
Of course, Irish culture is much more than green top hats, shamrocks, green beer and leprechauns. But I love how this one day a year, no matter where we’re from, we're all a wee bit Irish.