12 ‘leprechaun problems’ only redheads will understand


I am a redhead and so are all four of my children. Three of those red-haired kids have blue eyes, a genetic combination so rare they might as well be tiny, mythical creatures. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are 12 leprechaun problems only redheads will understand.

1. You get annoyed when people talk about a redhead’s fiery temper.

Anne of Green Gables — Gilbert smash

That kind of talk makes you want to slap someone in the face.


2. You’ve got SPF 80 sunscreen in your car, your purse, your other purse, your backpack, your hiking backpack, your stroller, your diaper bag and your swim bag.

Easy A - Pocket full of sunshine

…On my face. You can’t help but roll your eyes when someone uses tanning oil with an SPF of 3.


3. Although he’s so tasty, you feel a bit guilty eating the Gingerbread Man.

Shrek — Gumdrop buttons   Shrek- You're a monster

Get it — because he’s a ginger too.


4. The name of your foundation sounds like an insult: “palest pale” or “very, very light.”

Mean girls - Why are you white?

5. You don’t tan, but you do look a bit darker when all your freckles start blending together.

Cinderella - A dream is a wish

6. You felt betrayed when Lindsay Lohan dyed her hair blonde.

Mean Girls - Grool SNL - Lindsay Lohan

But, on second thought, the blondes can have her.  Perhaps they’ll take Carrot Top as well?


7. You can’t date another redhead because everyone will assume you are siblings.

Harry Potter - Weasley

8. School colors and soccer uniforms are always inevitably red or maroon — the two colors that clash worst with your hair.

Shaun White


9. You’ve got your speech all worked out for why you need extra anesthetic at the dentist.

What to expect - morphine

It’s a proven fact that redheads are more sensitive to pain!


10. You were the only kid who had to swim in a T-shirt and long pants.

Frozen - Can't live like this

11. You instinctively like all other redheads and are shocked and hurt if someone who shares your coloring doesn’t feel the same way.

Brave - Haters gonna hate

12. People always expect you to answer to the nickname “Red,” when you secretly want to be called “Orange Thunder.”

Incredibles - Syndrome


Elyssa Andrus has worked as a journalist for 14 years, most recently as the lifestyle editor at the Daily Herald newspaper in Provo. She is a contributor to the KSL-TV show "Studio 5" and is co-author of the book "Happy Homemaking" (Cedar Fort, 2012) with Natalie Hollingshead. She lives with her husband and four young children in Utah Valley.

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