Day 17 of My Month of Gratitude

For the day that is in it, proud to be Irish, Happy St. Patricks’ Day everyone!!

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish

So it popped into my head as the obvious one for today, but I wasn’t sure if it was kind of for the comedy factor that I was thinking it.

Then I realised that so many of the general things on my list that I am grateful for, the things that we take for granted, are because I am living here in Ireland. I do love our little country. I love the fact that there are no snakes (thank you St. Patrick!) or giant poisonous spiders (#fear) and that our weather is generally quite steady (although that could be questioned a bit the past few years) and that we are a peaceful country overall.

But also the Irish people do seem to be a particularly good sort in general. Oh I know that is a generalisation, and that it is true of some and not true of others. I have seen tourists here in our country looking for help to find something and no-one stopping to help, and we do have loads of mean-spirited horrible people who would be the opposite of a “good sort of person”. I don’t spend much time with people like this, most of my friends and family would definitely be the lovely Irish people you would want to meet. I think though in particular when we leave our country we see it more clearly, how we become even better, more fun lovely and friendly, very helpful and our true colours show.

I would always be proud to say that I am Irish, because I am proud of our country and I am proud of our people. I am not saying we are perfect, and nothing bad happens here, or is done by Irish people here or abroad – because that would not be true. But when you hear what can happen in other countries where maybe there are harder struggles for people to deal with, or the amount of things we have available that we take for granted are not available, I realise again how lucky I am. How lucky I am to be living in my country. I am grateful that I am Irish, and for all the luck of the Irish that comes along with that! 😉 I am sure that people all across the world will feel the same about their own nationality and their own countries, and that is brilliant!

Happy St. Patricks Day! Hope you all enjoy the day, if it is something that you celebrate. As it is here, we are not sure of our plans for the day but the kids all had dress-up days in school on Friday where they wore their green clothes in and had their faces painted with shamrocks, which they all loved! With it being a Sunday, even if it is just a day that you get to spend together and enjoy the little things, I hope you get to do that! x