Faith n begorrah. . tis luvely heah on The Dunes . .brilliant sun, 50ish degrees. .I have the place to me-self today so I spent some time earlier out back exposed to the rays. . avoiding tan lines. . .LOL
Peter's coming later for "non traditional" St Patrick's day supper. I understand there'll be some wannabe-Irish here for 'happy hour' [chez O'Shea every hour's a happy hour] and supper. Parents didnt mention who is coming. . . .so nous verrons. . . .
The origins of St. Padraic are somewhat 'shrouded in mystery' [now aren't those traditional words. . hehe] like all interesting characters. . the less you you know about them the more intriguing they are. One of the strong legends is that Padraic was captured on a raid off the coast of Portugal and the Celtic Pirates [hmmm sounds like a good name for a basketball team. . hehee. . of course we already have the Boston Celtics. . .mostly tall black men. . with token white now and then .;-) ]. . ..well, the Celtics took him home as 'booty' and he was sold to a local farmer near Armagh where he was sent to tend the sheep.. . . a good biblical labor for future leaders. lol
I am not having much success in finding a satisfactory green but I guess I shall stay with this one.
I heard somewhere earlier that Boston is featuring a Gorgeous day. . with 60 degree weather. Oh everyone must be hanging out on the Commons. . .that is, those not already ensconced in the pubs and bars in South Boston, Southie, and the rest of the predominantly Irish enclaves. . . T'wasn't but a late century ago when the Brahmins of Boston had signs in their store windows and work places "No Irish-Catholics need apply." Well, we showed 'em: we took over the bloody city! Huuurrraaahhh.
Maybe you've heard the expression "lace-curtain Irish". . .well when we began taking over, doing the hiring, getting up in the world in politics, in the Church, in education. . .thanks to the Irish Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of St Joseph, and other groups of Sisters who opened schools and colleges and educated the Irish urchins free of charge, one of the signs of "making it" was to have lace curtains in the parlor windows. . . Yepper, we had arrived ! Lace curtains. . .faith n begorrah !. . .Confession on Saturday, Mass n Communion on Sunday. . . .and in those days to prepare to receive the Lord we had to 'fast' = go without food and water from midnight! Today it is supposed to be 1 hour. . .which most young Catholics don't know about and thus don't observe.
I've often heard older people say that the best and prettiest babies are the children of Irish and Italian and Irish and Portuguese parents. Gorgeous kids grow up to be stunning people. . . .;-)) How does this face grab ya. . .? hahahaa