You’re lucky enough! And I’m sooo lucky! My mother’s mother immigrated from Coleraine, Ireland and since then St. Patrick’s Day traditions have endured through family generations. The day always starts with a phone call (now text) greeting: “Top o’ the mornin’ to ye?” and the response of “And the rest of the day to yourself” and ends with, of course, corned beef and cabbage and an Irish blessing which was my Grandmother’s favorite:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
I am sooo lucky. Thank you, Grandma.