Irish Blessings, The Gods of Good Health ...... and Chocolate.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
It's been a pleasant couple of days really, all things considered.
Having Mother's Day and St Patrick's Day within days of each other, and no school in between, was a bit of genius really; resulting in a kind of a bonus, 'Happy Long Weekend'! Of sorts.
If you were a cynical person you might think that the commercial gods of economic recovery had something to do with it, with pubs and restaurants filling up within days of each other and Greeting Card companies taking their share.
In honour of the latter, Mother's Day - and Father's Day too in fairness - is more commonly known as 'Hallmark Day' in this house!
Nevertheless a card and some chocolates ......shh, don't mention the diet!.... were dutifully presented and a family meal out was had, and enjoyed. No mean feat considering the recurrence of Teen Boy's sinusitis, despite strong antibiotics. Sinusitis really is a horrible, painful infection and shame on the gods of ill health for inflicting it on him, yet again!
Of course pubs and restaurants weren't the only busy places this Mother's Day. Mother's Day can be difficult for some and sadly cemeteries and Nursing Homes had a fair amount of traffic through them on the day too.
I consider myself very lucky to have been visiting the latter on Sunday. It is a blessing that we still have her to visit. Not that the gods of good health necessarily have anything to do with it. It's more ...... the 'blessings of a medical miracle'! It was a lovely, yet difficult visit. Being both the daughter and a mother is a given on these visits, but one perseveres as one never knows when these visits will be no more.....
Then suddenly it was St Patrick's Day. Although we've never attended the Dublin St Patrick's Day parade, noisy crowds and long waits having never been our thing, we have supported local, shorter ones over the years. I knew last year's local parade would be our last. We're far too grown up and too damn cool for that these days! A family day out with swimming, relaxation and more lovely food was the plan. But swimming and sinusitis are not good bedfellows and it would really be tempting fate to go, now that he's feeling better, Besides, exams are beckoning - *gulps* - as is the ton of homework that has to be done.
So, no signs of patriotism in chez Jazzy on this the day of great Irishness, where everyone in the world can be an honoury Irish person if they so wish.
It was just business as usual really.
I'm hoping the fact that I did some of my aran knitting on this our national day, with 'The Quiet Man' on the TV in the background, will redeem me!
However, I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day and that you enjoyed St Patrick's Day, wherever in the world you are.
May we all go forward, with all the Irish blessings there are and the hope that the gods of good health will shine upon us all!
Author unknown, I think. I did try to locate!
The photo however, is all mine.
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona libh go léir