Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Pattie's Day!

Although this is a little strange, I think that this is one of my favourite days in the year. I love it.

My grandmother who I loved very much, came over from Ireland as a teenager with her sister on a boat similar to the Titanic. She met my grandfather (who's parents had settled near here) at the cafe she worked at when he would come in after work. My grandpa fell in love and so did she. He sent a telegram to her father to ask for her hand and the rest is history.

Every St. Patrick's day I would call my grandma to wish her a happy one. I never remembered her birthday but I always thought to call on St. Patrick's day. My grandma took care of me and my sisters while my mom had to work when we were young and we lived with them for a while all together.
My grandma always told me that I should go to Ireland and kiss the blarney stone to get the "gift of the gab" and then would say, "as if you really need it!" She just loved Ireland and I have always dreamed of going there to see it. The last year that she was alive I she called me on St. Patrick's day and she was so happy. Her voice was very week by that point and she asked me to bare with her voice because she wanted me to hear something. She sang. It was beautiful An Irish song she said she heard when she was young. I don't know what song it was, I just couldn't believe she had called to sing to me. I told her I remembered so fondly her singing to me through the years. She said that she didn't even know that I cared. And I told her how whenever I heard the song Daisy, Daisy I thought of her, and so many other songs. She was amazed. That was the last St. Pattie's day I got the privilege to hear my grandma's voice and then she passed a couple months later, on to be with Jesus. So, although my Irish is not too thick, it is so much a fondness I find in me.

Grandma loved this and I found this cup at a garage sale years ago and just had to buy it. I love it.
St. Patrick's day crafts. This is a circle that has a triangle inside. Inside the triangle it says, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", taken from Matthew 28:19. On the edges you write, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and then fold them in on the verse. It them makes a little triangle. They all coloured them and loved it. I suppose most people know but I will mention here, from Wikipedia...

Patrick in legend

Pious legend credits Patrick with banishing
snakes from the island, though post-glacial Ireland never had snakes;[37] one suggestion is that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids of that time and place, as shown for instance on coins minted in Gaul (see Carnutes), or that it could have referred to beliefs such as Pelagianism, symbolized as “serpents”. Legend also credits Patrick with teaching the Irish about the concept of the Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a 3-leaved clover, using it to highlight the Christian belief of 'three divine persons in the one God' (as opposed to the Arian belief that was popular in Patrick's time). Whether or not these legends are true, the very fact that there are so many legends about Patrick shows how important his ministry was to Ireland. Some Irish legends involve the Oilliphéist, the Caoránach, and the Copóg Phádraig. During his evangelising journey back to Ireland from his parent's home at Birdoswald, he is understood to have carried with him an ash wood walking stick or staff. He thrust this stick into the ground wherever he was evangelising and at the place now known as Aspatria (ash of Patrick) the message of the good news took so long to get through to the people there that the stick had taken root by the time he was ready to move on. The 12th century work Acallam na Senórach tells of Patrick being met by two ancient warriors, Caílte mac Rónáin and Oisín, during his evangelical travels. The two were once members of Fionn mac Cumhaill's warrior band the Fianna, and somehow survived to Patrick's time. They traveled with the saint and told him their stories.
The shamrock craft we were doing.
Cutting out crafts for the kids and having a coffee in my green cup, wearing my green shirt.
And all the kids dressed in green for the day, Joshua is in green pants, Joel's whole outfit is green and Annabelle couldn't find green in her wardrobe so she wore her Tinkerbell costume for the day!
Adam's craft her made for a person he works with. He combined the 2 crafts.

Joshua, proud of his crafts.
Joel always covers his face
And the princess.
We had a great time. I am glad we made sure we did these special things with the kids. They thoroughly enjoyed the day!
God bless you all and happy St Pattie's day!

1 comment:

Jenny said...

We didn't do crafts but had a fun time with all the Irish tunes!! My boys love to dance! Scott's Great Grandmother and Great grandfather came over from Ireland.(on his mom's side, his dad's side is Swedish) Nona(I never met her,but heard many stories) was a feisty, fun loving character. We have a picture of her kissing the blarney stone in her 70's!
The boys all know that they have some Irish heritage and take pride in celebrating St. Paddy's day.
Fun stuff!!