A Lucky Leprechaun Learns A Lesson From The Wee Little Ones

Those crafty leprechauns visited Jane’s house on Wednesday and left quite the scene!

I’m Irish. Complete with smilin’ Irish green eyes. Fiery temper? No. (but please don’t ask my husband) And St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day, to be sure. So before I left to do a few errands and pick up the boys from school I remembered to plot a little leprechaun mischief. But between the dry cleaners and the grocery store and the carpool line, I completely forgot about how I had left the house.

When we pulled into the garage I started barking orders: Don’t forget your lunch box, Take off your shoes, Wait – dump the sand out first, Hang up your jackets. My typical weekday refrain. This particular day, I was interrupted.

“Mom! Quick! You GOTTA see this! Hurry! The leprechauns were here!!!”

I raced in and faked surprise.

Their sweet little faces were lit up in wonder.

Stuffed animals watching TV.

Stuffed animals taking a nap.

Stuffed animals warming themselves by the fireplace.


Stuffed animals jammin’ to the radio.

“Do you think they did anything else?” #1son said excitedly, “Let’s go check!”

He and his little brother raced through the house looking for more clues. But there were none. And I was still standing there, stunned that they really thought leprechauns had brought all of the stuffed animals downstairs and arranged them ever so cleverly about the family room. I kept waiting for them to figure out that good ol’ mom had been messing with them. But the longer they chattered about how great and how funny the leprechauns were, the more I felt lame for not doing more.

“Mom, Look!” #2son shouted from the kitchen, “They even brought chocolate cupcakes for us!”

Six cupcakes, under the glass cake plate dome, purchased from the grocery store. Complete with green sprinkles and a little pot of gold on each one. He knows (and shares) my weakness for chocolate.

When are they going to figure it out? I wondered.

“Can we leave them out for Daddy to see? This is so funny!” #1son was hopping up and down.

“Of course, now go wash your hands for snack, ” I shooed them into the bathroom.

Childlike wonder. Innocent joy. It is so precious and fills my heart every time I witness it.

I’ve always known that I will encourage a suspension of disbelief when it comes to Santa Claus. (And you all know how I feel about Santa Claus) I believe in his spirit of kindness and giving. I know it exists. I believe Santa lives in all of us; we just need to know how to best share his gifts. But I never thought I’d continue a ruse about leprechauns. In fact, I purposely keep my kids out of the mall during Easter. I think that person dressed in a rabbit costume is ridiculous and I don’t want to take the chance that my kids would put 2 and 2 together and somehow attach their, however misguided, conclusions to Santa.

But maybe they’re onto something here. What’s wrong with a little wonder? A little magic in our day?

I’m part Irish – I could pass for a leprechaun.

And what fun it was! It brightened their afternoon. It brightened MY afternoon more than I had anticipated.

And they shared that joy with me.


Filed under children, Growing Up

38 responses to “A Lucky Leprechaun Learns A Lesson From The Wee Little Ones

  1. ck

    That is so sweet. I love their wonder and amazement and know that I’ll miss it when it’s gone. Probably more than I missed my own when I found out the (lousy) truth from a neighbor.

    PS: be happy your children embrace these things with such excitement. My older daughter couldn’t sleep for fear that a leprechaun would come and mess up her room, which, if you could actually see her floor, would be something to fear indeed.

  2. angelcel

    The Little People brought joy to the little people! Have you told your children about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? My mother was Irish so she told us various tales and I have to admit that to this day a little part of me wonders whether I will ever find a pot of gold… if I can just chase to the end of the rainbow before it disappears. 🙂

    • Yes, we have a wonderful book about three mischievous little leprechauns on their way to the end of the rainbow and pot of gold. It’s what reminded me to plant the mischief. 😉

  3. suzicate

    That’s so sweet…you have your own pot of gold right in those lovely kids.

  4. Mel

    You are such a fun mom. My kids kindergarten teacher told them their classroom had a leprechaun named Lucky who was forever up to mischief! The wonder in their eyes and the laughter, too much.
    She was a hoot, she also put on a wig, glasses and lab coat and made guest appearances as professor Noodle, and it took the kids months to figure out it was her! Me, I’m terrible at that stuff, secrets broadcast across my face. We did work on leprechaun traps for a while, something they picked up from friends, but never caught on, they are very tricky!
    I hope you had as much fun as the kids did. Did Dad laugh too?

  5. Oh, Jane, I love this! I always had a leprechaun write the kids a note, that led to clues thruout the house and, finally, those chocolate gold coins at the last clue. I started this when my son was old enough to read, and he led the 2 little girls around the house looking. They really believed it was from a leprechaun. They’d go outside searching for him. I love your idea even more. But now I guess I have to wait for grandkids…

  6. We had leprechaun mischief at our house, too. I love how excited they still get.

  7. We’ve never done the leprechaun thing, but if I could bottle that joy you saw, I totally would. And be an addict, I’m sure, but that’s another post….;)

  8. Too funny. I think I reconize some of those beanie babies from my house.

    Sounds like a great day
    We used to go hit the parade and spend the entire day drinking and hanging with friends. Not this year.
    This year we didnt even celebrate. So sad.

  9. I think this kind of stuff is one of the best things about being a mom!!!

  10. unabridgedgirl

    Yay! This is so darn cute! It made me laugh. (PS I remember your Santas post, and I loved it. It’s what made me love your blog, actually.)

  11. That’s so cool! I never thought of that! I think encouraging a little magic and wonderment in children is wonderful.

  12. Wait … There are no leprechauns?? I sure could use a couple around here to surprise me with chocolate cupcakes. =>

  13. Oh this is so darling! We didn’t have leprechauns when I was growing up — I’ll have to remember this when it’s our turn to plot mischief. I love, too, that they wanted to leave everything to show their dad.

  14. I wish I had you for a mom! i didn’t even realize people did this for St. Patrick’s Day! Where Have I Been?
    I also love the innocent joys that kids find in the littlest of things. I want to bottle them up and hold onto them forever.

  15. I never knew about leprechaun pranks! How did I miss this one? Some how I have a feeling that my kids won’t buy it at this point. But let your boys keep on believing as long as they want to!

  16. This is all new to me! Very cute and so sweet that your kids believed it all!

  17. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could really hold onto the childlike belief in the mysterious and magic that we all used to have? Your children sound awesome, and I love it that they were so excited about the leprechauns handiwork!

  18. This is so cute! One of the grandsons walked into kindergarten last year to find that the leprechauns had been there–and left the classroom in total chaos.

    He was enchanted!

  19. Wow – that’s awesome! I’ve never done anything on St. Patrick’s Day other than wear green. What a great mom! 🙂

  20. Cute and creative!! I’m looking forward to when Nathan is big enough to where I can play some games like that with him!!


  21. This is the cutest thing I ever heard. And I just love hearing how delighted the kids were!!! You are brilliant. Happy St. Patty’s Day.

  22. That is so cute! They grow up so fast as is, why rush it right?

    Somehow I think a big bouncing bunny is much much harder to make believe than a green little man. LOL. Unfortunately Easter is near, and Mr. Monk told his brother that yes he still believes in Easter Bunny. Sigh. Srly? How dumb is my kid?! 😉

  23. I LOVE IT!! You’re making their childhood memories, which play such an important role in shaping who they are as adults.

    Here’s a quote I really like: you don’t stop playing because you’re getting old; you get old because you stopped playing.

    We shouldn’t rob the magic out of kids’ world just because somewhere along the way we stopped playing/believing.

  24. You made me smile you little leprechaun, you. 😀

  25. Oh, I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little magic and wonder. We all lose a sense of it all too soon, especially our boys.

    Keep that wonder alive as long as you can!

  26. joz1234

    Very cute! Isn’t it exciting to watch children get caught up in things like that? The cupcakes were great too! I love chocolate as well.

    I swung by via Faemom. I also saw Suzicate here! 🙂

  27. Ink

    That is adorable! My son’s daycare teachers did something like that, too, and the kids were wide-eyed and superexcited. 🙂

  28. I love that you did this for your kids. I love the way it made them feel. I love the way it made you feel. And I love the way it made me feel when I read about it.

    You’re absolutely right: wonder, magic, and imagination deserve to have a place in all of our lives, whatever our ages.

    Thanks for this lovely post, Jane.

  29. The joy and wonder that can be found in the eyes and mind of child, never fail to amaze me.

  30. Brilliant! Me and Steve used to do this every day with my daughters baby doll Sally. She’d come home from school to find Sally sitting at the table doing a crossword, or reading a story to the other toys, or sitting in the sink cleaning her teeth. It went on for a few weeks, a different thing every day, and she never ever questioned it. It was just Sally being cheeky and it made her giggle or tell Sally off for being naughty. How wonderful to be that innocent!

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