Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Ahhhh, St. Patrick’s Day. This day invokes many fond memories of Irish parties and festivals, dancing and singing and drinking.
When I think of Ireland, I think of the tea and the many cups I enjoyed.
I think of the friendly locals
The fjords and cliffs – the famous and not so famous ones.
I think of the castles, abbeys and ruins
I think of the history, myths and culture
The bars and shopping
The rain, traffic jams, white cottages and the ocean
Where rainbows greet you at every turn, heart-shaped stones remind you that you’re loved, and wise old gnome trees let you know you’re never alone.
And for a moment I forget why we left this magical place.
It wasn’t magical in the 1840s. About 1 million people died and more than 1 million left. There are about 80 million people around the world who can trace their roots back to this island. So when they say “everyone has a piece of Ireland in them” many actually do.
On this St. Patrick’s Day, let’s honour our roots, our heritage, and our culture. Let’s also remember and give thanks to those who had the courage to leave their home and families to start over in the new world.
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