Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Are you wearing green today? I am. This is the day I claim my Irish ancestry, even though I don't know for sure that I have any. My sister and I decided we had to be Irish though, with a redheaded dad and with our own dark hair and white white skin. We used to joke that we never tanned—we just went outside to take the blue out of our skin!

I love all things Irish and would love to visit there someday. I have a collection of books by Niall Williams and Christine Breen about moving to Ireland. They wrote O Come Ye Back to Ireland, The Luck of the Irish, When Summer's in the Meadow, and The Pipes Are Calling—I think I have them all! All these books chronicle their lives in Ireland. Williams is a writer and Breen paints. They left their jobs and lives in New York City to move to County Clare in western Ireland with the romantic notion that they could pursue their writing and painting full time. Once they arrive, the reality of living in a situation that requires effort and energy just to provide survival sustenance changes their plans somewhat. The books tell their stories of learning how to live and thrive.

If you get a chance, read the books. Or, even better—let's go to Ireland! Until then, here's the top-o-the-morning to ya! Have a wonderful day!


Scrappy Grams said...

Hey, so glad to see you on such a glorious day meant especially for the Irish in us! Faith and begorra, may St. Patrick bless you, dear one! When I was a kid, my mom told me that the Kern family were Scotch-Irish. As an adult, I learned that neither ethnic group would tolerate being described in such a way. We've not been able to trace that side of me beyond the USA.

Linda said...

On my dad's side of the family we supposedly have Scottish/Welsh/Irish/English roots. I mistakenly thought that they were all one big happy group and later learned that they definitely do not think that way! :) I am glad that it is such a glorious day outside! Wishing you Irish blessings!