Happy St Patrick’s Day Everyone!
My grandfather was Irish. I have many wonderful memories of staying with him in the School Holidays. Visiting family and friends, helping out on the farm, and those treasured visits to the beautiful beaches.
My favourite thing about my Irish family though is they can all tell a story and my grandfather told many. His stories stayed with me through my years, some comical, some fantastical and some completely illogical! Have I ever told you the one about the giant in Ireland throwing rocks at the giant in Scotland?… Well, I’ll save it for another day. My point is he took the time to tell them to me and it is something I cherish and hope one day to do the same with my grandchildren (tell stories that is not throw rocks!).
My grandfather loved nothing more than having a variety of friends and family over for a few drinks and everyone in the room would sit and exchange stories. They would make toasts to celebrate good news and make toasts with a positive spin on any bad news, there was always a reason to smile and cheer and celebrate. For me, this is what St Patrick’s Day means.
I still love to come across an Irish blessing knowing that it may have been woven into one of the many toasts I overheard.
“If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.”
“Here’s that we may always have a clean shirt, a clean conscience, and a coin in our pocket.”
“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going and the insight to know when you’re going too far.”
So my toast for this year is, to remember those we have lost with fondest memories, be thankful for those we always have, and those new friends we have found, and be hopeful a little luck of the Irish will come your way and into your heart.
And May Your Top Shelf be Full of Good Irish Whiskey!
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