there's a bit o' the Irish in all of us
Top o' the mornin' to you! It's March 17th, St. Patrick's Day.
Many, many years ago, my maternal great-grandparents emigrated from Ireland to Nova Scotia, living there for a while and finally settling in Massachusetts, where my grandfather was eventually born and where several of our relatives still live today.
So you see there actually is a little bit o' the Irish in me and I'm celebrating today with "the wearing o' the green". When I was a child, anyone at home or at school who didn't wear green on St. Paddy's Day got pinched! Ouch.
St. Patrick's Day was originally a Catholic holy day that evolved into a more secular holiday and a celebration of Irish culture. It's an official holiday in Ireland, Montserrat and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. But that sure doesn't stop people from making it an unofficial holiday elsewhere. The oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day parade is held in New York City and I bet there are celebrations going on at every Irish pub in Germany today as well.
Since I'm not all that keen on green beer, I think I'll make myself one of these later.
1 c coffee, freshly brewed
3 sugar cubes
3 tbsp Irish whiskey (1 jigger)
1. Pour coffee into large mug. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add whiskey and stir to combine.
2. Top with whipped cream and serve.
And now I'll give you this to take on your way.
Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the rain fall softly upon your fields.
And the sun shine warm upon your face.
And when you die, may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.
May the luck of the Irish be with all of you today!