Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Day 17

I am not Irish.

In fact, I am as far away from being Irish as you can get. My mom was Lithuanian. Agnes Zelonis is not an Irish name. As far as I know there is no Irish blood on her side of the family. I know, if I did a test I might be surprised by the results. Still, I consider myself half Lithuanian.

I am not Irish.

My father’s parents were immigrants. They came to America from the Ukraine region. Definitely not a highly Irish populated area. Believe me when I say that the broken English my grandparents spoke did not have a hint of Irish brogue to it.

I am not Irish.

We did not dine on corn beef and cabbage. My mom cooked good hearty artery clogging meals like bleenies, pierogi, haluski, and halupki. Not one of these has an Irish sounding name.

I am not Irish.

My wife, on the other hand, is totally Irish. With a name like Kathleen Ann it is almost a given. Her father, Thomas Elliott. had the fair skin that he passed on to her thus making summer sun time something that is not tolerable. Think lobster red after just short sun exposure.

I am not Irish.

Kathy’s mother was Marguerite Mc Geehan. Kathy’s grandmother was Winifred McHue. Need I say more? These certainly are not Italian names.

Today, I am Irish. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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24 responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Katie Diez

    This piece is great! I was not expecting the ending at all! I love the repetition of “I am not Irish” and all the details behind each part of your heritage! Enjoy being Irish for the day!

  2. mrssurridge

    Good one! I was wondering how you were going to finish it all up, not being Irish and all on St. Patrick’s Day, and you did a marvelous job! Enjoy your Irishness today.

  3. Funny – a day for green. Although I sit in my blue and grey clothes. I realize I do not have green clothes. It must mean I am not Irish! Love the fun you had with this today!

  4. dianeandlynne

    Completely forgot it was St. Patrick’s Day. Though I have an Irish last name (I took my husband’s name when we married), I am not Irish. Today we are all Irish though. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  5. *MUAH* Here’s a kiss to you anyway from a Scot by marriage the closest this German by maiden surname gets to being Irish. 😀 I enjoyed this post. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  6. Love your celebration today and your repeating line, although you are Irish today! I think the world is Irish today. A great day for Guinness and corned beef and cabbage or a hearty stew! Thank you, Bob. Erin Go Bragh!

  7. Happy St Patrick’s day 🙂

  8. jumpofffindwings

    Love “hearty artery clogging meals like bleenies, pierogi, haluski, and halupki.” (I haven’t had breakfast yet, so my mouth is watering!) I love the refrain, and the way it switches in the end. I saw it coming and enjoyed the anticipation!

  9. We can all be a little Irish today, and we can be inspired by St. Patrick.

  10. I have Irish ancestors and grew up around many people who did. I discovered pierogi as an adult! I’m not Eastern European at all, but I haven’t had a holiday without pierogies or pirag in years!

  11. Terje

    The “I am not Irish” repetition gave a good structure to this piece. the ending was spot on. I didn’t know you were half Lithuanian. I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day because one of my student is Irish and her parents sent a little treat bag to me. I enjoyed the chocolate and cookies. I let my husband to drink the beer.

  12. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, Bob. Glad you agree.

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