McLaughlin is an Irish name and about half of my ancestors can be traced back to the Emerald Isle, but they were all Northern Irish Protestants. When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me that I should be wearing orange instead of green on St. Patrick's Day. Since I look awful in orange, I ignored her. That was in the days before people pinched you if you didn't wear green. I've long been a fan of Irish music, not the Riverdance type of music so much, but the pub music, especially the drinking songs and the rebel songs. No one with my romantic tendencies could resist songs about a glorious lost cause like the United Irish uprising of 1798 that attempted to unite Catholic and Protestant Irishmen to throw off the yoke of England. I think I'll celebrate by downing a beer while watching my Celtic Thunder DVD. It won't be dyed green though.
This is one of my favorite Irish blessings:
Here's to lying, stealing, and cheating!
May you lie to save a friend;
May you steal the heart of the one you love;
And may you cheat death.
And my own St. Patrick's Day wish:
On St. Paddy's Day,
My wish for you
Is a large bowl
Of Irish stew.
And a pint or two
Of your favorite brew.
What are you doing for St. Patrick's Day?
Linda / Lyndi
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