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As you know, today is St. Patrick’s Day! It’s also the monthly guest reader post! And who better than one of my most absolute favoritest people c². (You might think – or even say “Hmm Lime seems to say that a lot. Well oftentimes for other people I’m lying. I mean it! … Even though she is so mean to me, as you can see!

Top o’ the morning to ye, interwebbers! Tis a lovely Spring day and a fine day to be Irish, don’t you think? And everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! My goodness, doesn’t time fly by?? It seems like just a few weeks ago when Ms. Lime was starting up her blog and scheduling guests years in advance (I may have mocked said scheduling, btw). Yet here we areand it’s MY turn. Yikes!

For those of you who don’t know me (and that would be most of you, I’m sure), I sporadically review over at TGTBTU and hang around on Twitter a lot. Actually, if you read my Twitter bio, it says I am a lover of gadgets and trivia and am a procrastination facilitator. I do love to share all sorts of randomness. 😀

Since I was lucky enough to end up scheduled here on St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would combine my love of trivia with my post for Lime. I didn’t mention that I love to travel but I do so there will be pictures of my visits to Ireland, too. Are you ready?? Yay!

First up, some St. Patrick’s Day trivia (from our friends over at Wikipedia, mostly). Did you know:

  • St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated since the early 16th century when it was made an official feast day? It has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.
  • St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Saint Patrick was a missionary in Ireland in the 5th century. Supposedly he drove all the snakes out of Ireland but that seems unlikely since islands generally don’t have snakes to start with (see what I did there?? BONUS trivia!).
  • St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with wearing green, a lifting of the Lenten dietary restrictions (including drinking alcohol), church services and parades.
  • Saint Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat.
  • There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland (36 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry in 2008; population of Ireland was 4.4 million at the time). (via Huffington Post)
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in New York City in 1762.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because it is the day Saint Patrick died, supposedly.
  • Saint Patrick was, in fact, NOT Irish. He came to Ireland from Roman-ruled Britain.
  • On St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago dyes its river green. Festive!
  • The shamrock is the symbol of Ireland. It is said that Saint Patrick used it to illustrate the Trinity when teaching.

Sure, that’s more trivia than you ever wanted to know but you can go forth and impress your friends at the bar tonight. Win!

Next up, pictures of Ireland taken by ME (or maybe my mom but probably ME) on assorted vacations.

Irish Countryside

Irish Garden Path

Giant's Causeway

Irish cows (with sheep in the background, I think)

Dunluce Castle

Irish Hills

This concludes our (very) brief tour of Ireland.

So, I hope everyone has a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day. You better be wearing green! The pinchers are everywhere!

I’ll leave you with a (strangely appropriate for the internet) Irish blessing:

May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going and the insight to know when you’ve gone too far.

And a very well known blessing, as well:

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind ever be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

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I have this special fondness for Thanksgiving being on the 24th of November. There’s no particular rhyme or reason, but it just seems right to me. Like Thanksgiving is meant to be on the 24th. Sure, sometimes it’s on different days – that’s how the calendar works. I’m sure each and every one of us also has something to be thankful for. Sure, some of us have it better than others. (And most of us reading this blog have it better than many parts of the world… but that’s a dangerous game to play.)

I think today’s post, though, is absolutely perfect, and fitting. Sarah M. Anderson prompted me to do the mini SMSG drive for the Pine Ridge Reservation. (I can’t seem to escape it – actually watched Imprint last night (the indie film not the… other horror?), not knowing about the location/specifics.) But really, I can’t say anything better than Liz. For such a small effort, I think we did fabulously, everyone. Anyway, Liz commented on my original post, and I asked if she’d be willing to blog about the experience, giving to the Reservation, and here it is.

I don’t know what it’s like to go to bed hungry. I never lived with anyone growing up except my two parents. My mom stayed home with us kids while my dad worked. My brother and I had closets full of clothes, shoes, and toys. We were warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Now, I can say that my children don’t know what it’s like to be hungry or cold or wonder where their parents are. I know that we’re blessed and I’m grateful every day for the life we enjoy. And I’m never more aware of just how blessed we really are until I see programs like 20/20s report on the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation’s children. My nine year old daughter Rachel and I sat together and watched the show. Throughout, she kept saying “it’s so sad”.

The first thing she said to me when it was over was, “Mom, I want to send them my hats.” We looked up the websites mentioned on the 20/20 website, settling on one that would accept hats and gloves and also books for children of all ages. That weekend, we went shopping and purchased hats, gloves, and books (baby, toddler, and elementary age) to add to the freshly washed, gently used items we had at home.

I told her that there were several hundred kids on the reservation that had little or no winter clothes. She looked down at the hats and then up at me with her big blue eyes and said, “We only have six.”

I gave her a hug and said, “Six isn’t a big number, but those six kids will be thankful to get those hats this winter. So it might not seem like a big deal, but it will be a big deal to a handful of kids.”

I know that there are many people who did more than we did – who gave money or boxes of clothes and supplies; but I couldn’t look at my daughter and say – well we can only do “x” and it won’t matter in the whole scheme of things. Because in truth, every little bit counts, but only if the “bits” make it where they’re needed. We did what we could and tried to fill a need as we were able.

Grown men can learn from very little children—for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things that older people miss.” Black Elk

Today, I’m thankful and humbled to be part of the romance community, where I get to meet and mingle with wonderful people like you. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you have a wonderful day. ❤

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