Wednesday, March 17, 2010
How To Catch A Leprechaun
We seriously were going to catch him, we had made up our minds. We gathered our materials. Green plastic strawberry pint basket, 'y' shaped stick to use to prop it open, and of course, the cluster pennies we had, stashed in our rooms. At the age of 5 or 6, my brother Cole and I crept out the night before St. Patrick's Day and set our little "leprechaun trap." Oh, we slept in anticipation of the wee man we were convinced we would find trapped in the basket.
It was early when we got up - a misty morning I remember, wet with dew. We crept quiet as we could out to the driveway where our trap lay, to see if a leprechaun had crept into the propped open basket to steal the coins. We got closer... and yes!!!! The stick had fallen and the basket had dropped! There was something inside!!! A leprechaun!!! It worked!!! Cole and I gathered round the basket and carefully lifted the trap, eyes wide, fingers nervous.
What we found was astounding. It was......... a cricket. With a missing leg. Looking at each other we agreed that leprechauns must be a more sneaky kind than we assumed. At least we still had our pennies. True story. And I'm part Irish to-boot.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'll have a pint on that!