Friday, May 13, 2011

Limerick Day is Over, Now It's Leprechaun Day!

Yesterday was Limerick Day.  I missed it.  I tried to write a limerick and wasn't having much luck with it, and then lo' and behold, Blogger was "view only" and I couldn't post anyway.  I was kind of relieved, as the pressure to produce something fun-for-me-to-write was making me miserable.  So I took the night off along with Blogger.
And now it is....Leprechaun Day...well, it's close to over...more like Leprechaun Night now.  I thought March 17 was Leprechaun Day, but it isn't.  It is Saint Patrick's Day and has nothing to do with Leprechauns.  Catching a Leprechaun today, reading about them, finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is what it is all about.  And speaking of rainbows...
Today one of my students, as he was waiting after school for the late bus to arrive, was swinging and called to me, "Hey, Mrs. Smith!  Do you see the rainbow?"  I looked up to where he was pointing...right into the sun.  Yeah, right, I can't see anything now.
"No, I don't see it," I replied.
"Look up there!" and he pointed again.  I tried again and my eyes were watering crazily.
"Ah, that hurts, all I can see is the sun!" I told him.
Finally I put my fist up to cover the sun.  I was sure he must be seeing something, but it was a beautiful sunny day; no signs of having rained, just a few cirrus clouds in the sky.  This time, after blocking out the sun, I looked up above my fist...and there it was, a rainbow arcing over the sun.  It was beautiful, but difficult to see so close to the piercing sun.  I was amazed that he had spotted it.
Well, I've now spent some time looking up what it was that we saw.  It wasn't a real rainbow, due to its being on the same side of the sky as the sun.  It wasn't a sun dog.  It seems that it could have been what one calls a circumzenithal arc, except it didn't make a "smile in the sky".  It was more of a "frown in the sky" over the sun.  I don't know exactly what it was, but it surely looked like a little rainbow in the sky, helping us celebrate Leprechaun Day!
Oh, how I wish I could have written a Limerick.

There once was a rainbow above us
We saw before boarding the school bus,
It appeared as a frown
Or a smile upside down
Whatever it was caused a real fuss!

Ha, that wasn't so hard after all.  I can't believe I did it.  And suddenly, she wrote a limerick.


  1. I'm glad you finally posted; I've been fussing all day with it. It's a nice, nice story & fun that what happened actually connected to 'the' day. I didn't know there was a Leprechaun day. The rest of the story must be when you find that pot of gold.

  2. @teacherdance
    Ah, yes, the pot o'gold for Leprechaun Day. That has eluded me, I'm sad to say.

  3. Great post. I had never heard of a circumzenithal arc. Thanks for the link. And because I have learned something new, as my grandpa used to say, my day isn't wasted.


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