Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"to the Irish"

Ah, a wee bit conflicted on this great day...

I am challenged with the task of balancing the great "American" celebration of St. Patrick into my rich memory of my time living in Ireland.

Ireland not only taught me about St. Patrick's incredible faith and path in seeing freedom for the Irish, but I experienced the warmth and community from the Irish families at levels that can never be touched.

I miss the long nights of traditional Irish music, laughter, and story telling in the living room of the Donnelly house.

I crave to watch the young Irish students run around town in their uniforms and jumpers.

I hold onto the rich green colors that consumed my attention in our windy travels on the beaten paths.

The soft but radiant chant of Emma and the deep searching in the hearts of my Galway youth group fly with me today more than usual.

I miss you Ireland and I recommend to anyone and everyone that when/if they get to see this great country: slow down and learn as much as you can from the Irish and the way they choose to live. It will change you!

Happy St. Patrick's day!

"So here's to you and yours and mine and ours. If mine and ours ever come across you and yours, I pray that you and yours will be as kind to mine and ours as mine and ours have been to you and yours!"

5 comments:

Cully Wright said...

I've said this before, but your reflections on the world and on life is nothing short of beautiful. With your words, I get a vivid glimpse of something that means so much to you and I get to view and meet the people and the places that have touched your life... if only for a moment.

Plan: Lets go sometime! With my pictures i can SHOW people the beauty of a country and the warmth and humanity of its people, and with your words, you can help people FEEL and LIVE the experience.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Buddy Boy! Dont be conflicted. There is no comparison between the realness of your Ireland and the one that we, who haven't experienced it, can only imagine. Inspire Americans with your words and hopefully some can embrace the truth and beauty that you have been able to feel first hand.

Lacey said...

It is good to be around those who remind me so much of the country I love so much. Thanks for being a little bit of Ireland for me this morning and I can't wait for family dinner this evening :)

Lamb said...

My comment is in the form of a blog called 'Yellow Bull'.

stalzy said...

I love you.

Catherine Jackson said...

ahhhhh jon boi... good on ya!!