i’ve always been a little skeptical of the “luck of the irish” seeing as how their history is a bit tragic….but no doubt they’ve approached their drama with humor, to say nothing of some good whisky. my great-great-great grandfather was born in ireland and came to the usa in around 1836, settling in southern illinois and raising their family with a very strict, almost puritan, protestant ethic. so i missed out on the great irish-catholic tradition of honoring st. patrick with drinking and songs, though i certainly have adopted it. here’s my annual irish blessing, heartfelt and sincere:
These things I warmly wish for you:
Someone to love, some work to do,
A bit o’ sun, a bit o’ cheer
And a guardian angel always near.
Erin go bragh!!!