Saturday, March 17, 2012


       On this St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share some of my favorite Irish blessings, sayings, toasts, and memories.  Even though, us kids were only ¼ Irish (paternal grandfather’s side) we seemed to celebrate our Irish culture more than our German or Polish.  All 6 kids had Irish first names and of course, St. Patrick’s Day was a big day for us.  The first thing we learned was that you never wear orange on that day.  I think I must have taken that to heart because to this day, I can’t wear orange unless it is Halloween.  Of course, I never did develop a taste for corned beef or cabbage.  Why couldn’t it be tri-tip and artichokes?  I love those!  Oh, well, on to the blessings and sayings.

       The saying I remember most from my Grandpa Charlie and in fact, maybe it was written in their house somewhere is the following

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.

I always liked that thought – being in heaven before the devil knew you were dead.

       I wish I would have thought to have an Irish blessing at my wedding.  I would have used this one –

May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness.
From this day forward.

Recently I just found this blessing, which new to me isn’t probably new at all.

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.

My friend Mary added a bit more to it
“ and may you have the eyes to know and appreciate where you are right now, in this moment.

On the fun side is an Irish blessing that my friend Margie shared with us –

May those who 
love us,love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts:
And if He doesn't turn their hearts
May he turn their ankles
So we'll know them by their limping.

What to eat on St. Paddy’s Day (I did learn recently that you never write Patty’s Day because Patrick is Padraic in Gaelic and therefore the nickname would be Paddy, not Patty!) when you don’t like corned beef and cabbage, well how about Irish Coffee?

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat."~~By Alex Levine.~~

In closing, my favorite Irish blessing –

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

Wishing you all – 

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!  (Happy St. Paddy’s Day!)

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