May the road rise up to meet you

   Today and tomorrow are reasons for making merry at our house.  Today, I am celebrating my Irish heritage by wearing green and having a shamrock pin, from Ireland, prominantly pinned on my blouse. I also brought a Wearin’ of the Green cake ( a white cake infused with lime gelatin and featuring green sprinkles on top) to work to share  with co-workers.

   Tomorrow is the birthday of my oldest son, Brendan. He missed being born on St. Patrick’s Day by four hours, but we still gave him an Irish name as we did my son, Thomas Patrick, 11. I’m not sure how deep my 7-year-old daughter’s name, “Ellen’s” Irish roots go, but she was named after two of my grandmothers, Ellen Kelly and Ellen Foley and they were definitely Irish.

    Tonight Brendan is having several friends over. There is no school 
Friday, so they’ll stay overnight and help him celebrate his birthday tomorrow. We are having that old Irish favorite, taco in a bag, for supper. I could have made an Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage for them, but somehow I don’t think that woud have been as popular.

     I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Irish prayers:

   “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

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