Are you Irish on St Patrick’s Day or everyday?
There is a saying that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. This is a funny because although Ireland’s population have never been above 4 million people there are 10 times that many people who claim Irish ancestry in America. Most American’s are not 100% anything well except my brother-in law who is 100% German. I have the DNA of a number of nationalities yet it is the 50% Irish I attach too.
I have a little plaque in my house that I would like to share with you that may explain the 40 million people in America are claiming that their roots are found deep in the Emerald Isle.
God then made man, the Italians for music and art,
the French for fine food, the German for intelligence,
the Swedes for their beauty, the Jew for religion,
and on and on until He looked at what He created and said,
this is all very fine, but no one is having any fun,
“I guess I’ll have to make an Irishman.”
I don’t know about anyone else but I believe in the magic of laughter and joy. I know there is little that is more effective in healing our bodies and our hearts. Studies show that a good belly laugh is better that many pain medications and when we have fun with someone we cement the relationship. There is a belief that a marriage is strong as long as the couple has fun together.
Even if we can’t speak the same language a smile builds a bridge between people. The neuro- chemicals and peptides like seotonin and dopamine that our brain releases when we are happy makes us healthier.
So I will raise a toast to my Papa Art, my Nanny and to Paddy Conroy! I hope you will all join me because we are all Irish on St.Paddy’s Day!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to All!