To all my lovely friends and extended family out there, I wanted to post something quick to inspire you and get you smiling for St. Patrick’s Day! Normally, I like to touch on the history of such celebrations, but you can look it up yourself if you really wanna know. Instead, I wanted to share some of my favorite things about the holiday and about Ireland and the Irish, even though I don’t have Irish roots.
First, a couple of really good movies with an Irish tone:
“The Boondock Saints” (both one and two): a good set of movies for those of you who like things in the same vein as “The Big Lebowski”, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”, etc. I’ve heard rumors there will be a third movie in this set and am patiently waiting and hoping for it!
“Snatch”: Again, another awesome action flick. The language can be hard to catch the first time around, so multiple viewings (or subtitles on) are recommended. 😉
Next would be a nod to the Fey (the wee folk, you know?). Leprechauns and wishes and pots of gold! Of course, one can’t mention the little people without thinking of “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”!
There are just so many cute ones to choose from!
And what about the shamrocks? As someone with a decidedly green thumb, I found the most interesting shamrock not long ago when looking for some new plants for landscaping the yard…guess what? They’re PURPLE!! 😀 And they are beautiful!!
Called Oxalis Triangularis you can read more about them here.
I love Irish castles and ruins! It is a dream of mine that I might someday visit them in person and lay my hands on the ancient stones that hold so many stories and memories (and who knows, maybe even kiss the Blarney stone!). I like the old graveyards with their Celtic crosses and windswept, cobbled-together, field stone walls…
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t somehow mention Irish DRAGONS, of course!
There are plenty of Celtic dragons out there but this one…ahhhh now this one, I would absolutely love to give a home to!
One last thing I love about the Irish and Ireland is the music! SO much of it is full of spirit and heartfelt emotions that I could listen to it just about any time and still find it just as fulfilling. So I’ll leave you now, with a short example of Irish music and a sincere Irish wish from me to you!
“May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always 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 hollow of His hand.
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May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven
half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead!”
Are you feeling just a wee bit inspired to celebrate yet? I hope so! Just watch out for that green beer…. it’s leprechaun pee, you know! 😉