Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day!

"May you always be blessed
With walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain,
A warm cup of tea by the fire- -
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart
might desire."
~An Old Gaelic Blessing

Did you know? Irish actually ate cabbage and thick, cured bacon on this day. (They didn't have corned beef). Also, blue is the "National color" of Ireland. An interesting site in keeping with the day: Irish Cultures and Customs.

How I miss my Nana on days like this! She came to America, by herself, in 1919, at the age of 19, on a ship (which didn't go through Ellis Island as she had a "sponsor" here already). Forced to leave a life, the land and the people she loved as a replacement for her sister because her sister was sent back to Ireland because of a punctured ear drum. Nana always talked about going back to Ireland and taking me with her. We never made that trip and I truly hope that before I pass on someday, I will see Ireland in person for her.

I'm about to get the corned beef going on the stove for dinner, later with Hubby, myself and Mom. (Along with potato's, carrots and Irish Soda Bread). The parade in NY starts at noon so that will go on soon. It's sunny and warm(ish!) here today and things are maybe starting to dry out. (After 4 inches of rain on a saturated ground, who knows how long it will actually take).

What are your plans on this day?

I hope you enjoy the music playing in honor of my heritage and this day!

A safe, lovely and Happy Day to all!

4 comments:

Michelle said...

This is a beautiful telling of part of your Grandmother's story.
Very very interesting.

Jo said...

Thank you Michelle! I hope to write more of her story one day.

Lisa said...

I've always done the whole cabbage and corned beef thing but I'm not wild about it so this year I tried a recipe that has them + carrots in a creamy sauce with pasta. Totally not Irish, I know, but yum!

Jo said...

Sounds yummy! Maybe you'll pass along that recipe some time? Hint hint!