The American Calgarian

Tales of a Midwesterner transplanted in Western Canada

To Catch A Leprechaun

Being Lutheran and German, St. Patrick’s Day was never a big deal in our house when I was growing up.  My husband had a little exposure to it, as he grew up Catholic, but he is of Italian descent, so really, you get the idea..  Since our kids have started school it has become a bit of a holiday in the house.  Not because we have sent them to Irish Catholic schools or anything, but because its fun to talk about leprechauns and dress all in green and all that Irish-ey stuff.  I can dig it.  Besides, who does not love a good pint of Guinness?

This year Mid was serious.  The leprechauns he had been setting traps for had eluded him every year.  This year is going to be different!  He is going to set a trap in our house and take that little green man’s gold come hell or high water.  (I added the hell or high water, Mid just really wants to catch one.)  None of my children even believe in leprechauns, (I think), but for Mid to have an excuse to design and build something.. I think he would believe in about anything.  So, Mid planned.  Like his father, (grandfather, uncles and many many cousins), he engineered something.  He designed a trap, first on paper, then built it with the help of JB so that we will win the day when we imprison a little green man.

Armed with his plan, he constructed the apparatus out of recycled materials.  Toilet paper rolls, shoe box cardboard, yarn, a tin he found in the pantry, and coins covered with gold foil.  Does he know about LEED certification?  Anyway..

The construction required patience and exacting standards.  I was appointed “tape dispenser”.  After attaching all the parts and inspecting each area, he inspected again.  And consulted his plan.  Finally, it was ready to attach to the wall.

After a few test runs, we were ready.

So, in the event that a leprechaun tries to get into our American-Canadian-German-Italian home, we are ready!  And his gold is as good as ours..


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3 thoughts on “To Catch A Leprechaun

  1. Go get ’em! Next the Easter Bunny.

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