Happy March. Wow, did I just say that? March already. The year is already off with a bang. March celebrates one of my favorite holidays, St. Patrick's Day. As far back as I can remember, this was a big deal and a favorite of my dad's. Green attire, green beverages, and corned beef and cabbage. (I'm really not a fan of the corned beef and cabbage, but I do like Bailey's Irish Cream). One of the last holidays I spent with my dad was St. Patrick's Day, and he purposely scheduled a major surgery after this holiday so he could celebrate with my mom, husband and me.
Most of my life I thought I was mainly Irish, but with ancestry.com I have come to learn I am a little more Scottish, English, and some Irish.
I have many great memories including from when I was a cocktail waitress at a country club and put too much green dye in a martini and the customer returned the drink with green lips and stained teeth, to the parades we watched in our hometown. One of my favorite memories was traveling to Dublin, touring the Jameson Irish Whiskey factory, and pouring the perfect Guinness. If you recall, my husband named our new pup Guinness - LOL. These were not the only highlights of the trip, but fun indeed. I will have to share photos one day of the Long Hall at Trinity University, which is a book lover's dream and the Cliffs of Mohr. I must go back.
One of my favorite Irish blessings:
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
So much truth in this statement.
Do you have a favorite Irish quote, poem, or blessing? I’d love to hear from you.
I hope you and yours are happy and healthy. We all have to keep searching for our own pot of gold. We have so many blessings.
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