Monday, March 7, 2011

Leprechauns: Magic or Blarney?

The most infamous in the Irish parade of characters is the leprechaun.  But who this little man, clothed in green?

Height: 2 feet
Eyes: Twinkling
Cheeks: Rosy
Appearance: Friendly
Occupation: Shoemaker
Hobbies: Drinking, Deception, Counting Gold, Pipe Smoking, Dipping Snuff

These unfriendly little fairies aren't easy to spot.  They spend their days making shoes and their nights drinking.  They stash all their earnings in a pot of gold at the rainbow's end.

You've all heard of the pot of gold.  But how to find it?  The only way is to follow the sound of a leprechaun hammering shoes. When you find the leprechaun, catch him, and he must promise to take you to his pot of gold.  But you can't let him out of your sight.

For leprechauns are tricksters, and have many was to make you look away.

Then, in the twinkling of an eye, they are gone.

And you are, of course, without your pot of gold.

Leprechaun by Colin Chapman
Lucky Leprechaun Bracelet by Cornerstoregoddess

1 comment:

  1. I once caught a leprechaun and darned if his wee pot of gold wasn't all gone..spent on pipe smoking and Irish movies. Good thing we can get cute leprechauns and lovely green and GOLD shamrocks from you. :)