The Luck of the Irish

St. Patrick's Day PostI’m not sure I believe in luck even though it might seem that some people have their fair share of good fortune in life while others seem to go from one pickle to the next. I like to think that we’re all capable of bringing good into our lives and we all do. I guess sometimes we overlook the smaller things, looking, instead, for something truly miraculous to land in our laps. They say good things come in small packages and I think that’s true. Some of the most wondrous things in this world are things that money can’t buy and can be as “small” as a smile from a stranger, a kind word, a cup of coffee, or a sympathetic ear. All good fortune in my book!

Seeing how tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, this idea of luck, and just what it means, has been playing on my mind this evening. I did a little digging to see just where this term, “Luck of the Irish” came from. One source tells me that it doesn’t actually mean good luck, but rather bad luck and is mean ironically as it is used to describe the sad and tragic history of the people of Ireland. According to this, the Irish people were actually unlucky since they had to leave Ireland in order to survive. Another theory is this: The phrase originated in the US and was used by the people of America to describe the Irish emigrants who found their ‘Pot of Gold’ in the Gold and Silver mines. So there you have it, two totally opposite theories which enforces my idea that there are always two sides to every story.

So whether you’re Irish or not, and whether you feel your lucky or unlucky, I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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  1. i’m not Irish, but most of us celebrate St.Pat’s because what’s not to love about green beer and the idea of some Irish magic? o-O

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    • I’ve never had green beer, Tess. I might have to remedy that. I mean, my great-great grandfather was Irish. How come I haven’t had green beer?

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      • Tsk. Tsk. Had you had an opportunity today to remedy this absence of vital green beer on St. Pat’s? 😀

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        • Alas, It wasn’t meant to be today. But I’ll settle for regular beer tomorrow. Sometimes you’ve just got to compromise. I’m versatile that way….;)

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  2. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Bummed I can’t attend my annual neighborhood party as I threw my back out yesterday…these guys sure know how to have a good time, and I’m gonna’ miss it! Although, I’m sure I will be able to hear it ha!

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  3. Happy St. Patrick´s Day to you as well. The Irish are always a friendly jolly lot no matter what kind of luck they are having.

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  4. We’ll be toasting the day at Murphy’s Tavern, a very old pub here on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia (in the middle of a thunderstorm, too)! Cheers!

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  5. No green beer here, either, but I did make a loaf of Irish Soda Bread yesterday. In earlier research I did on our family’s Irish roots the “bad” luck aspect was what I heard most often.

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    • I used to make Irish soda bread but it’s been awhile. I always made it with spelt flour. Oh, now I’m kind of hungry for it. I might have to make some soon.

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  6. I’m not Irish, either. Always wanted to be. The Irish have such wonderful food and drinks and accents. I’m just an ordinary Canadian. Haha. I’m saying that with tongue in cheek. Thrilled to be Canadian, especially Metis. Thrilled to know so many wonderful Canadians. Like yourself and many who follow your blog. Here’s to that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Here’s to great Canadians like you and me and Carol and …

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