I celebrate a summer birthday. Due to the fact I was doomed to always miss the school ritual of bringing in birthday cake and celebrating with my classmates, my parents embraced our Irish heritage and proclaimed St. Patrick’s Day as my day to take in treats. This yearly activity created many fond memories for this March 17th holiday.
St. Patrick’s Day is now right around the corner. As an adult, I have attempted to continue creating fun memories regarding this day with my children. We will soon be making shamrock pictures and creating stories about leprechauns. I always find warmth, happiness and sometimes humor within common St. Patrick’s Day sayings and blessings. Here are a few, I found just for you:
“May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.”
“May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.”
Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck. –Unknown
“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”
“May God give you…
For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile,
For every care a promise and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,
For every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”
“May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead!”
This last blessing is one that always brings a smile to my face:
“As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!”
I would love to read your favorite Irish blessing or saying. Do you know a good Irish toast or joke? Share those, too. I can’t wait to read your comments! As the sign said that used to hang in an old, familiar kitchen, “Éirinn go Brách”.