May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
Every March 17th, I become nostalgic of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations of my childhood. My Dad’s side of the family is of Irish descent and every year his Aunt and Uncle would host quite the party. My Dad’s cousin would play the bagpipes while we feasted on Irish Soda Bread and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Irish songs were sung and Celtic stories were told. I even took Irish Step Dancing for a few months, so I could bust out a jig or two.
St. Patrick’s Day has changed so much since I was little. For awhile it was all about green “beverages” and when I became a teacher it became leprechaun tricks and treasure hunts for a hidden pot of gold. Someday I hope to share with my daughter my family’s St. Patrick’s Day traditions. I’d like to cook her my Great Aunt’s Irish Soda Bread and teach her how to make Colcannon. And maybe… just maybe… I’ll whip out my Irish Step Dancing skills.