Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Since my blog is green and my website is green and I have a very Irish name... I figured I'd better wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day.

I'm actually about 5/8 Irish... but it's funny, because I think the other parts of my heritage were stronger influences in my life growing up. Scottish and Welsh and a little Dutch/Flemish.

About 10 years ago (was it really 10 years???) I went on a cycling trip in Ireland. Fabulous time. I had tacked it on at the tail end of a business trip, so I had too much luggage and a few business suits mixed in with my bike shorts.

Anyway... One night, about 3 days into the trip (and 4 drinks into the evening) I was enjoying the Irish music in a pub and told our tour guide I was really feeling my Irish roots that night.
She turned to me and said, "When I saw your name on the list, I thought you'd be an Irish girl. Then I saw your hair and skin and I assumed you were, but then I saw your luggage and knew you weren't." She nudged me. "But you do drink like an Irish girl."

Never have I been so proud.


Louisa Edwards said...

Nice! That's funny, I would've pegged your name as Scottish before I would've said Irish. Shows how much I know! Of course, I'm strictly English in my lineage, boringly enough, so I don't have all that much to go on, beyond numerous historical romances...

Marilyn Brant said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Maureen! Loved reading about your bike trip in Ireland.

I, personally, am not a drop Irish, but my husband is a little and, thus, our son, so we always celebrate and eat green things on this day... (And I'll confess, McD's "Shamrock Shake" is my favorite of those. :-)

Sinead M said...

Happy St. Paddy's day.

As a really Irish girl, I can safely tell you, that yes, you do drink like an Irishwoman.
Well done and thank you.

Kwana said...

Ha! funny story. Happy St. Paddy's day!

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