Thursday, March 17, 2005

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!

On this day for many years my family would gather at my grandparent's house. My 100% Irish grandmother, white haired with sky blue eyes, would cook the traditional Irish feast of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. My mother would make the Irish Soda Bread and I would internally grumble about the caraway seeds. I loved it, but could not stand the seeds! I would always mash up my potatoes and pour the juice of the corned beef on top so that my whole plate was swimming in it but be sure to make some room on the ledge of the plate for the brown mustard that must be used with the corned beef. It was at these gatherings that I had my first taste of Bailey's Irish coffees and came to appreciate our family's uniqueness. It was my first experience with anything Irish and was the beginning of a lifelong love of Ireland. But more than that, these dinners were to become cherished memories for me of fellowship and laughter and appreciation of one another and what it means to be a family.

I have since moved away from the area, my grandfather has passed away, and I don't think my grandmother would have the strength to make the meal anymore for a family that has grown to our size. While I miss what once was, I can make those meals a special time to our family. I can start those traditions here so that in 20 years our children will have those beautiful memories. I am blessed to be a part of my family and I am grateful to God that they love me so much. On this day of the Irish,

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 hollow of His hand.

1 comment:

Pilot Mom said...

Aren't our families wonderful? What wonderful memories for you to share with your own children, letting them get a peek at you when you were their age! :)