Wednesday, March 17, 2010

On this St. Patrick's Day...

One of my favorite scenes in N. Ireland this time of fields, blue skies, and yellow daffodils. (Photo taken 3/2007 on our trip to Ireland)

Today is St. Patrick's Day, which, oddly enough, is "celebrated" here in the US more than it is in Ireland. At least that's what I've been told by many of the Irish/Northern Irish folk. But, nevertheless, it is also my mom's birthday, so I'd like to wish her a happy birthday! Thinking of my mom also made me think of this Irish blessing because she used to have a picture in our kitchen window with this on it. So, on this Mom's Birthday/St. Patty's Day, I will leave you with it:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

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