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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Luck o' the Irish Blogfest!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! To celebrate I am participating in Colene Murphy's first Blogfest. You can find Colene at The Journey. From there hop around to all the bloggers who are participating and read their contributions.

Colene's instructions were simple. "Write a 200ish word flash fiction entry about something to do with SPD (real, fantasy, whatever makes your pig squeal). OR, you could also write about a memory you have of a past SPD. In the end, we aren't being picky. Just make it goooood and make it about St. Patrick's Day! (Leprechauns, luck, gold, green, clovers, beer, celebrations, etc. Funny, touching, horrifying, dark, fast-paced, romantic, etc.)"

Without further ado, here is my story.

Patty and the Magic Pig

Long ago there was an island that was a kaleidoscope of color.

One day a man name Patty appeared. With him was a magic pig. When the people saw this pig they were amazed, for it was a color they had never seen before.

Whatever the pig touched turned that strange new color. The people loved it so much they asked Patty to have his pig walk among their plants. Soon all the land was bathed in the bright new color. But with each step of her foot, each snuffle of her snout, the color seeped out of the pig until all that was left was a small patch on her right rear leg.

A little girl came to Patty and begged him, “Please, our yard dying and my mother is ill but a little new color will make her well.”

The pig settled down among the dying plants and the last of the color seeped out of her skin. When she rose, lo! there were four bright new green leaves on the plant. The mother, upon seeing it, was instantly cured.

And that’s why Ireland is green and why a four leafed clover is good luck.
St. Patricks Day Pictures, Images and Photos

29 comments:

  1. I love your story! I got goosebumps when the four green leaves appeared!

    I think I must go and play my Irish Tenors cd's in honour of St Patricks Day!!

    Luck of the Irish to ye!
    Judy (South Africa)

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  2. You had me at pig! I love pigs! Fun, fun, fun! Happy St. Pat's!

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  3. Love those four-leaf-clovers! Happy St. Patrick's Day Bish.

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  4. I think I'll have some green bacon today! ;)
    I remember looking for four leaf clovers for hours in my yard as a girl. I did find a few!
    Have a great day, Bish!

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  5. Green! Not what I expected. Good job.

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  6. Aw, that’s a sweet story. I loved it.

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  7. I love that this has a folksy feel, like a tall tale. And the picture's great too. Happy St. Patrick's day!

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  8. Love this, Bish! And Happy St Patrick's Day!

    (Yay for winning a signed copy of The Hating Game! I was so happy when I saw your comment!)

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  10. Oh, very nice! So fitting for gorgeous green Ireland!

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  11. WHAT!? That was AWESOME! I love it! What a great story! Thanks for joining in and Happy SPD! You have been counted!

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  12. Ah, I love it! A fable about four-leaf clovers. Perfect ~ :) Happy SPD to you!

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  13. Great story, Bish. Of course all Irishmen/women know if you find a three leaf clover it is said you gain God's favor. Of course, we all get that. Although we spell it Paddy. One of my son's was named after the great Saint Patrick himself. (((hugs)))

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  14. How fun! And touching, too : )

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  15. I knew there was another story about the shamrock. Great!

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  16. What a fun story! Looks like the beginnings of a great picture book. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  17. That was lovely! Thank you,
    Lx

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  18. So simple and yet so great. Loved it!

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  19. Great job, Bish! You should adapt it for a magazine piece. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  20. I love your fairy tale spin on the assignment. Very nice. Nice to meet you, Bish.

    Happy St. Patty's Day! :)

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  21. What a cool story! The Irish are all about their pigs, aren't they? Apparently they are good luck in addition to the clovers.

    Thanks for participating!

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  22. What a charming story... I really enjoyed your originality.

    Nice to meet you. I'm a new follower.


    Michael

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  23. Aw, what a great story! I love it!!

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  24. i've been hearing so much about this blogfest! this is actually the first time i've heard of a blogfest though i've only had a blog for a few months now.

    well, i think your submission is a definite contender for the gold [= good luck.

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  25. Very cute story. Thank goodness the pig used up the last of her green on the shamrock. Otherwise, we'd have green pigs today, and history would have changed irrevocably! Can you imagine? "Eggs and Green Ham"? ;)

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  26. So THAT'S how the four leaf clover came to be. And thank you for not going on to the part of the story where they later went on to sit around the breakfast table eating bacon. ;o)

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