We have said every year that St. Patrick’s Day should be a national holiday. Even as early as the 9th and 10 century Saint Patrick’s feast day was being celebrated. The 17th of March is the traditional death date of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We do take the day off. Be sure to wear green around us or you never know what might happen.
We took our kids over to Ireland for the first time in 1986. The four of them ranged in age from eight down to three. The experience of learning first hand about our cultural heritage was amazing and life changing. We have been truly blessed. Meeting our cousins and becoming friends is another great blessing in our lives.
One of Nick’s favorite things to do is sing Irish songs. He knows hundreds. It a our family tradition to celebrate this holiday. Even though March 17th falls in the middle of the busiest time of tax season, it is a wonderful excuse to stop working and celebrate with family and friends. Today we are doing two of Nick’s favorite things. We are flying to the Bay area of California to join cousins and friends in a memorable party to celebrate the day, our family and all things Irish. It is a grand adventure.
I have heard that on this day, everyone either says that they are Irish or wishes they were.
So today, enjoy the ‘Craic’ (in case you didn’t know that is Irish for ‘enjoyment and fun.’) Raise your glass as you say Slainte (good health or cheers!). Be kind and treat everyone with acceptance and gentleness. We need more of that in this world. Éirinn go Brách!
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