Spring Into a Beer Before Dawn

Back to basics! On St. Patrick's Day, my husband and I and our best party friend Esperanza (maybe, LOL) will meet up at 7:00 a.m. for our old Irish-American tradition of pre-dawn breakfast and beer. We haven't kept up with this tradition after moving out of our downtown apartment (near a lot of bars and taverns) years ago, and we certainly haven't celebrated this way since our daughter was born. But this year, she's eight, and that's a fun age.

Mama will be the DD (I never finish a beer anyway), and our daughter will have gelato with her breakfast instead of beer. We'll celebrate at the massive, rustic grocery store down the street, which has grown into something like a redneck / hipster mall where you can get Guinness on tap at 7:00 a.m., unfettered access to a free coffee bar, free cheese and wine and beer samples, sometimes live music, and hot deals on fruits, vegetables, and bulk dried legumes.

I am also looking forward to purchasing some kind of multi-purpose cleaner scented with floral essential oils, over in the Dr. Bronner's soap section, to make my kitchen counters smell like springtime. Ahhhh.

Look, I'm a basic, suburban, Midwestern, Millennial mom, and I intend to live that life to the fullest.

For this occasion, I shall wear my emerald green vintage linen formal jacket from Nonna's latest care package. My husband will wear his beardiest beard and handsomely drink a large mug of beer while sitting in a polka dot chair, surrounded by potted plants and Edison bulbs.

Happy spring, however you like to celebrate!

UPDATE: Top o' the morning! Breakfast stout and gelato makes a delicious float.

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