As luck would have it, I was online last night when my aunt sent me an email about our Irish roots. It turns out my great-great-great grandparents, John and Hannah, were from County Cork and County Mayo, respectively. I had always known we had some Irish roots, but it was awesome to not only get the details but also a very grainy black and white photo of their son and his wife, circa about 1910.
But you don’t need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. To me, it’s always been one of the hallmarks of spring’s arrival – and that’s cause for celebration everywhere!
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, tonight we’re sitting down to a meal of corned beef and cabbage. Prepared in the slow cooker, it’s simmered all day and is sure to be delicious. Because I am impatient – and fascinated by food – here are some photos of my Irish masterpiece!
We’re also reading two new acquisitions: The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer and Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Clifford! by Quinlan B. Lee and illustrated by Steve Haefele.
At my son’s school, in addition to cupcakes, cookies, and juice boxes, I made sure they had lots of green vegetables like broccoli, snow peas, cucumbers, and celery to echo “the wearing of the green”!
Here’s a famous Irish blessing to help celebrate the day.
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.