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Archive for March, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I may not be Irish but I love St. Paddy’s Day. My main claim to the holiday is my Scottish side. Over the years we have celebrated in many places most in PEI at the Olde Dublin Pub or the Old Triangle Irish Ale House. One year we even celebrated in Cuba, dragging our new English friend along (What happens in Cuba stays in Cuba… kinda… except for blog posts).

Partying on the saint’s feast day, March 17, is a centuries old custom. The story goes that in the late fourth century, a teenage Patrick was kidnapped from his home country of Scotland and enslaved in Ireland. An angel came to him, at the age of 20, in a dream and he escaped back to his family. Eventually, he returned to Ireland as a priest converting thousands and building churches across Ireland. My favorite part of the story is that he used the shamrock to teach about the Trinity. He preached for 30 years leading up to his death, March 17, 461.

But our celebrations have little to do with today’s patron saint. It is the happy friendliness of everyone that I love. Some of the crew I only see that one day a year, but the easy camaraderie is so special. You can drink or not, but Beware the Weekend Irish. The music is familiar and it is so fun to sing along. The following quote captures the essence of St. Patrick’s Day for me.

“It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.”