Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patty’s Day and My Roots. And YES I KNOW IT IS ST. PADDY'S DAY

As the soil, however rich it may be,
cannot be productive without culture,
so the mind, without cultivation,
can never produce good fruit.

St. Patty’s Day is on Friday, March 17th and there are a lot of excited people out there.

My grandmother loved St. Patty’s Day. She believed that everyone was Irish, or at least longed to be, especially on this festive holiday. Aside from the real reasons for St. Patty’s Day, it has always been in the way our family and many others celebrate the bit of Irish we ALL have in us. This is what the Irish believe, or I should say, at least the Irish in my family.

It is all about the green, possibly the beer, the corned beef and cabbage, the traditions and most definitely about the celebrating of your roots. I am not completely convinced, that there is very much Irish blood left in me but I know that till the day I die, I will acknowledge that day for my Grandma.

She was told as a wee child by her own mother (my great grandmother). “Remember that no matter what anyone says, you will always be Irish.”

My grandmother then married a handsome man with family roots buried in England. My Great Grandmother on my father’s side was Dutch. My great grandfather was Scottish, United Empire Loyalist (American) and most likely a bit of Irish. Genealogy is a strange thing to dive into. Be prepared to be astonished if you jump into this search with a notion about your real country of origin roots. I was, and still am amazed at what I had found. Someday I am going to take that DNA swab test from that genealogy empire, and will most likely be amazed once again. That would be so much fun.

Now, my Mom was a firm believer that she was all Irish and this I do believe to be true. She had the red auburn hair, the freckles, and a twinkle in her eye, and the imagination and a true storyteller’s ability much like a true Irishwoman. She possessed this rare ability to make everyone around her believe in leprechauns, fairies and those pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, no matter what troubles were going on in their real lives. We still have no idea what that genealogy search will turn up but we will find out, someday. In the meantime I know I must have at least some Irish in me and that is good enough for me.

On St. Patty’s Day I will wear one of those traditional pins with their silly sayings like. Kiss me I am Irish, or Eat, drink and be Irish, or Top of the Mornin’ to you and I will be all Irish for the day, and continue to be a little Irish every other day. I will not be drinking green beer, or eating corned beef and cabbage or dancing an Irish jig (well maybe). I will be outside as usual, and when I go to feed my cows, I will place that hat on my beautiful auburn red-haired cow named Red, and take photos. I will think of my grandmother, and my Mom and their beautiful smiles, and their keen sense of humour, and the amazing stories that they would tell.

I will do this to also show you that you do not have to be full Irish to know the true value of imagination and whimsy. You do not have to be full Irish to know how to live life to the fullest no matter what life throws at you. You can work hard, and then roll with the punches and still believe that life is there to be lived and enjoyed. To believe, that it is all about family and friends, and to help pull up anyone who is down and out. That is what my Grandma believed and my Mom believed, and that is what I believe.

So, if that is what it takes to be Irish, I think most of the people I know have a bit of Irish in them too. That would be the “Luck of the Irish” for me.

Happy St. Patty’s Day, to everyone. If I had more Irish in my blood I would say Happy St Paddy's Day, or the real name Happy St. Patrick's Day. That is how you can tell the real Irish from those of us who are Irish for a day. Yes, there you have it. I am losing my tiny Irish roots bit, by bit. My grandmother would be disappointed indeed.

 Get out there and at the very least find a rainbow and spell the day the right way.



  1. Happy St Patricks Day Buttons ...... Here's to the Irish in ya.

  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, your Hero and of course all the ladies in hats!

  3. Have a Happy St Patties Day On Friday . I am a mix of mainly Brit , some Scots and a tad of Irish . Lovely post and photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a great rest of the week and weekend !

  4. I am just English! Right back to the 1700s on both sides!! And now I have a Canadian daughter - mad! Hope you had a wonderful day!

  5. I don't think I have an ounce of Irish in me...all Swiss/German here, but I just might have a Shamrock shake from McDonalds anyway! :) Hope you enjoy St Patties Day with the ladies in hats!

  6. Happy St. Paddy's to you and yours.
    I just got the results from my second DNA test. This one shows me to be 1/3 Irish! There always was a paper trail through my maternal grandfather, but my first test didn't show any Irish.....hmmm??? Go figure!

  7. I took a DNA test. Plenty of Irish in me with a couple of surprises. Incredibly interesting and I would highly recommend it!

  8. Yes, you've definitely got Irish in you. You told a great story!

  9. I have the Irish in me too, Grace, thanks to my maternal grandfather and his kin who came from Londonderry (or Derry) in the 1860s and settled in Belleville. My cousin has done a lot of family history and even knows what ship they were on! I had a great aunt who celebrated the whole month of March because of her birthday (on the 3rd) and St. Paddy's Day (on the 17th). So I knew not to call it St. Patty's Day, but I know a lot of people do. Whatever you call it, I hope it's a grand day for you and you do dance a little jig for your mom and other Irish relatives whose eyes will surely be smilin'. Top o' the mornin' to ya!

  10. No Irish in me for sure, but I did once find a four-leafed clover and taped it to a birthday card for my brother who has his birthday the day after St Paddy's Day.
    I love that hat :)

  11. I am going to live the day
    " with a little bit of Irish in me . . ."
    We will walk in the parade, be there for the flag raising and
    celebrate with our local Irish American Society.
    Happy St Patrick's Day indeed . . ,

  12. I just knew your bossy/bells would be wearing a fancy Irish hat!

  13. A very happy day to you - whatever it is called. There is room for green, for laughter, for frivolity in all of our lives.

  14. Buttons,
    Happy St.Patrick's Day To You and Your Family!

  15. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Miss Buttons! It is fun to learn more about our heritage and where we come from. Or who we come from. My Grandma Wilson was a student of genealogy.

    My Mom is 3/4 Czech and 1/4 Swedish. Her name is Patti and her Dad always sent her a St Patti's Day card. After Grandpa died I did too for a few years.


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