Yes, I know, it’s been a while. Too long since I’ve written anything on this site. I could list my excuses here, but it doesn’t make a difference. My workload has definitely changed, but I am determined to keep this blog going so here we are…
This past weekend was St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite days of the year. Although I couldn’t be in Ireland, I still had a ton of fun celebrating here at St. Bonaventure!
I woke up with the sound of Irish music dancing through my head. No, really, I fell asleep listening to an Irish radio station and forgot to turn it off. I wasn’t complaining, I was excited to play Irish music all day!
I started to go through my dresser to pick out my favorite green shirt and decided on my new favorite – it says “Kiss Me, I’m a Bonnie!” It’s green and shows Bonaventure pride, how could it get any better?
Soon enough, I started to get texts from my friends asking to borrow some green. I was happy to offer my other green shirts if it meant more people to celebrate with!
One of the reasons I love St. Patrick’s Day is how everyone joins in. Some people I saw last Saturday laughed about how they’re not even Irish, yet they’re all decked out in green! It makes me feel happy to see people of so many backgrounds join in to celebrate a day for the Irish.
While I was happy to be around my Bonaventure friends to celebrate, there were some moments where I longed for the pubs in Ireland. I was jealous of my friends abroad, who was watching the parade in Dublin and sipping on Guinness. I started to look through my pictures again and re-watch videos I took of bands playing music in the pubs.
What helped was hearing the Irish drinking songs play at the different parties I went to. Hearing “Galway Girl” brought me back to that sense of belonging I had in Ireland, and it made me proud to be Irish.
Although many people consider St. Patrick’s Day to be a drinking holiday (well, it is!) it makes me happy that my heritage gets its own day of pride. No matter where I may be, I still am proud to have Irish heritage. I always look forward to the corned beef and cabbage and listening to traditional Irish music with loved ones. I’m also looking forward to enjoying my own pint of Guinness…when I turn 21 of course!
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Erin go Bragh!