Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Luck of the Irish!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

In spirit of the holiday and my Irish heritage I wanted to dedicate today to my great grandpa . He was 100% Irish (if I'm not mistaken) and this holiday always reminds me of him since we celebrated together when I was growing up. I don't really have any specific stories to share I just thought it would be nice to take a moment and cherish the good times that we did have together. For one, I'll always associate St. Patrick's Day with the need to serve corned beef & cabbage (despite the fact that I am a vegetarian and don't even eat that!!) and I also think of him over-salting everything on his plate. He had a kind heart, the biggest smile I've ever seen, and was overall a sweet natured person. He played the organ, had an obscenely large collection of spare change (kept in a jar, in his closet), and always wore a sweatshirt to Christmas dinner that said "Tis the season to be squeezin'!"

I have some great memories of him and I am glad I had the opportunity to set time aside today and remember that. Here's to a wonderful celebration today! Cheers!

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  1. Aw Gramps! St. Patricks Day remind me of my semester in Cory O Connor's class, #intcom. he took us to an Irish bar, which was closed, so he bought two coffee travelers from Starbucks and a thing of baileys and every one drank in the.

    Not me though. I was 10 months pregnant and ready to have a baby!

  2. Hey Candice, as Colton and I were eating our corned beef the topic of your great grandpa and horseradish came up. It made us both laugh!!

  3. I loved reading about your fond memories of your Great Grandpa. Grandparents can be such a special blessing in our lives. My paternal grandmother passed away 3 years ago (we gave my daughter her name as her middle name) and she was so important to me and taught me great things. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This made me really happy :)

  5. Thank you all for your thoughts! I hope you had a happy holiday! :)

  6. I thought of him too yesterday...he loved corned beef and I tried to make it for him every year. He was a very special man and particularly happy in spite of never having achieved anything remarkable. He lived an ordinary life, but he was extraordinary in his attitude.