Monday, March 19, 2012

MONDAY MUSINGS: When Scots Become Irish.






My family isn’t really Irish well—lets just say we are more Scot than Irish, but a Celt is a Celt. However, for St. Pat’s we’re Irish.



My family isn’t small. My mom had 9 kids. I tease about coming from a litter of 9. My mom laughs while telling me how bad I am. Any family get together is usually pretty big and even bigger when we add in the kids of kids.

My brother throws an annual Celtic party every St. Pat’s Day. It truly is his favorite holiday he tends to go all out with decorations, lights, and atmosphere. This year was no different. Though not all the family could come, we still had a large group of family and friends. The weather was outstanding for March, shirtsleeves even at 10 p.m. There are huge amounts of food prepared, lots of laughter and music. Oh, yeah, green beer—ugh—and a few other green colored alcohols, which were much better than the beer, in my humble opinion. Tis a grand time when we get together.

This year my son took his girlfriend of nine months to the gathering. They loved her and she fits in because she looks like a Celtic fairy. Well, she’s also a good kid and fun. She thinks my “family is amazing” (I really like this kid). We’re an affectionate bunch. We hug and give kisses—a lot. I think it was a bit of a surprise for her to see even my brothers hugging each other and handing out kisses to the cheek. We've always been that way. I love being on the receiving end of hugs and kisses. This year was special because I was so sick last year and although they only live 45 minutes away, this was the first time I had seen most of them in a year. This was unusual as I’m more often than not down visiting at least twice a month. So I had lots of hugs to catch up on.

At any given, conversations run the gamut of family gossip (a favorite pastime), politics, conservation issues, books, and music. Visitors are sure to find a topic of interest under discussion. Mostly, it’s a relaxing and fun time.

My family is special to me. They’ve been the constant in my life as we bee-bopped around the country with Dad’s job. We fuss and argue—what family doesn’t?  It usually doesn’t last long and not much time goes by before someone throws a cookout or party and we are able to come together and reconnect, renew, and take strength from being together yet another year.

SlĂ inte (slawn-che) 

  • Did you do anything special over St. Patrick’s’ weekend?   

15 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. it sounds a lovely time - but more importantly your family sounds the best .. isn't it great that your son's girlfriend fitted in so well .. let's hope happy times ahead for them. Fantastic that you're feeling so much better and were able to join in the Green celebrations .. cheers Hilary

Shirley Wells said...

Wow. Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. I love that your son's girlfriend became part of the family. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

I think we're all Irish on Paddy's Day. ;)

Jo said...

Sounds like a super party. We went to dinner with friends, not specifically for St. Paddy's.

Clarissa Draper said...

That's so great! I wish I had family like yours. I hardly see mine, but, we're a small family.

Talli Roland said...

Hi Sia! Your family sounds amazing - I love how close you are. I actually forgot it was St Paddy's day until I walked by the Irish pub and saw loads of people there!

Anna Smith said...

How do you make green beer? Your family sounds amazing :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That looks like fun!

No Irish in me. Family name is German and I'm a quarter Danish.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Anna, green food dye.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I have a cool family. :-) we did have lots of fun.

Diane, I thought everyone was Irish on the 17th, lol! It's okay though, you still have gorgeous red hair and killer smile so we'll just claim you to the Celtic side. :-)

Talli, we are close and I feel very fortunate to have such a family. :-) So, did you stop into the pub?

Johanna Garth said...

I love the big family thing! Mine is small but close and we celebrated my mother's birthday this weekend.

Tina Marie said...

Hey Sia! Im glad everyone had lots of fun! I was not able to come. I had promised my nephews id take them to the parade and spend the day with them. I dont take my promises lightly and especially with children. But I was thinking of you all! I miss you guys lots! I know Steph and Bruce werent there either and I know they would have loved to be there. But thus is life! Love!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You come from a big family! We had occasional trips to see grandparents, but otherwise it was just the four of us.
Somewhere back in my family tree someone is Scottish. I think!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tina, I didn't know that Tanya's boys were down or is she living here now? I lost track of some family changes this year. Yah, I know Steph and Bruce would have been here if they could have.We had a good time and raised a glass to those not present. There's still this summer. No doubt we'll see each other then.

Hope you had fun at the parade, sweetie!

Hugs!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Johanna, bet that was an enjoyable time. A close family, regardless of the size, is a blessing in my opinion. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

We'll adopt you as Scot anyway, Alex.

I'm trying to get into shape so I can be a Scottish Ninja and join your crew, lol!