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St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Paralegals…and Engineers. Yay!

St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Paralegals…and Engineers. Yay!

This is my annual re-print of The Post In Which I Find Out that My Patron Saint Didn’t Even Get Me the Day Off. (If he thinks imbibing copious amounts of alcohol will make me forget my outrage, well, he’s bloody right.)
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I feel like such a fool. Here I am, descended from a long line of red-headed Irish Catholics (lapsed), running around in my green dress all day (which really complements my Red-Straight-from-a-Bottle-Because-I-Got-Cheated-in-the-Genetic-Lottery hair) – and not afraid to use my big old black metal stapler as a lethal weapon in case someone tries to pinch me.

But I didn’t know it was our day. Sure, earlier this week, I saw a tantalizing tidbit in “The Tech of the Irish” about IPhone apps that said, “There is also a live Twitter feed integrated as well as a news feed so you can see how everyone else is celebrating the patron saint of paralegals and engineers.” I laughed it off until I kept seeing tweets referencing “our” patron saint.

So I looked it up on Wikipedia and boy, did my mouth hang open when I read:

American paralegals are also traditionally honored on St. Patrick’s Day, and many employers give paralegals and legal assistants an exemption from work on March 17 so that they can celebrate the day of their patron saint.

Really? Did you get an “exemption from work” today? I didn’t. [Okay, I concede I did get the day off in 2013, but it’s SUNDAY.] [Also, word-up to the smart ass that got that crap published and then quoted here. Brilliant, buddy, just brilliant.]
I didn’t even get a bouquet of four-leaf clovers or a coupon for a free green beer.
Ah, well, then. Let’s raise a figurative glass, and toast to our day:
May your glass be ever full,
May the roof over your head be always strong,
And may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

Best Reader/Paralegal Comment: “I wish I had known – I would have taken yesterday off as a religious holiday!” ~ HDK

6 Responses to St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Paralegals…and Engineers. Yay!

  1. It *is* a high holy day in my (now in heaven) Dad's family. His parents were Irish immigrants and this is the only holiday Dad celebrated : > Your red hair is gorgeous, btw, however you obtained it.

  2. I work for an engineering firm, and I bet no one knows about their patron saint. Thanks for that info – it'll be fun to share it, and plan for a holiday next year. ;~)

    So is there a patron saint of long-suffering administrative managers? Better yet, is there more than one so I can have several holidays?

  3. Happy St. Patrick's Day!! It's the closest thing my family ever had to a "cultural" holiday. I'm neither Catholic nor Irish (I'm Scottish, apparently!), but we celebrate the holiday like any other with too much food and a nice food-coma later.

    PS.. I'll have to remember that if I ever become a paralegal or an engineer.

  4. Who knew paralegals had a patron saint? They could probably do with one, it's true! I'm getting the feeling St. Patrick's Day is a far bigger deal among the Irish community in the US compared with the UK, though any excuse for a pint of stout is OK with me – Murphy's for presence, but Guinness will do! xxxx

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