Legend of the Shamrock Pale is thematic in nature; through the story of The Shamrock Pale runs the idea of family and especially the mother's role in the family. The theme is portrayed by a cast of characters made up of family members and leprechauns, who through their journey of words and songs speak of connectivity, path, love, rebirth, memory, tribute and sacrifice.
Some time ago Russ acquired a shamrock plant. Over the months he began to notice how the individual sprouts bent to the light and opened and closed with each day's passing. Also they only sprouted from pods, or families. They could never really escape their roots or begin again from another place in the pot. Shamrock plants are a lot like human families. The young grow up in the shelter and shadows of the elders seeking their own path to the light. Within the cluster of mature sprouts, usually the tallest one falls to the soil and turns pale, before the others. It appeared as though the brightest and the fastest growing individuals, more often than not, passed before their time, perhaps burning out their fuel too fast.
This similarity led Russ to the concept of “the shamrock pale.” He imagined this to be a reflection of all the people that had passed too soon in his life over the last many years. These were mostly mothers and fathers who stood for things, provided, protected and defended. They were in many cases young and beautiful. Somehow he wanted to write a story that brought to life the idea of “the shamrock pale”, and the people that represented this notion. Also, finding and sharing ones voice and finding the willingness to share as we walk through the forest of life became a central tenet of the story. Recognizing the tribute and sacrifice of those who have come before us was also a primary concept written into the text.
This is a tale of a brother and sister's journey to save their mother. The legacy of their father guides them forward. The song titles are about people or places that the characters must find within the journey. Before the story is over the children realize so many things about belief, duty, growth, and perseverance in the face of adversity. This story champions mothers and their unconditional love. It is a testimonial to the strength and power of women and to the beautiful fleeting magic of youth. Welcome to the “Legend of the Shamrock Pale.”
They move about as a trio and sing or speak in riddles and rhymes. Actually, Oran speaks with the flute and Tegan translates. They are both blind, so Fiona is their “eyes.” She shares her sight, Tegan shares his voice, and Oran shares his insight. It's a wonderful arrangement.
"I wanted to demonstrate the power of sharing as a survival mechanism. All three leprechauns in the story need each other. None can exist on their own. I used this in a metaphorical sense, to show that humans, sharing and working together, is really the best way to live."
For it is with the sacrifice of those who have come before us that we may rise to fruition and find our place in the forest. So alive and green with life, we provide the shelter for the very young and the very old. Thus, the circle of life begins again. Everything we are will become all that is to be.
"This was one of the most important points to be learned from this story. There is not one man or woman alive, or who has ever lived, that has made this human journey without help. None of us alive today, would be doing anything, were it not for the efforts made by the people that came before us. Recognizing the sacrifice of the individuals who made our life possible, and and paying tribute to their efforts, was a top priority while writing this fairy tale."
To share is to live, and to grow is to learn. For teaching is sharing. We must pass on the most important things that we are aware of to the up-and-coming learners in the forest. We must pass on the secrets of life and the truths that govern our existence.
"The use of a syllogism here became a powerful vehicle by which one might better understand, the nature of sharing. By definition alone, to teach is to share. So, sharing then leads to learning (hopefully). Then one realizes that there can be no growth without learning. So, to achieve growth, it all starts with sharing."
You must go the way of the vines. Notice how the bright green newest ones spiral clockwise up toward my branches. And notice how the old and the weary ones spiral counterclockwise toward the base of my trunk. You must let out all that is useless and depleting. Then you can bring in all that is vital and positive. So spin yourselves round, let go of regret. Let go of all that you fear. Now spin yourselves round the way of the clock, and home you are sure to be near.
"A book on witch spells gave me the idea for this quotation, from my character, The Great Grandmother Shamrock Tree. It clearly suggested that one cannot accept and utilize all that is good and necessary and positive before first dispensing with all that is negative and useless. We speak here of attitudes, fears, regrets, hopes, and dreams. Nonetheless, shedding the "old - useless" and wearing the "new - useful" is an important element of the growth process among numerous plants and animals on earth. Think about it."