Dawn Tolbert

Writer
#366Days

& Feeling Green #366Days Day 103

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland, 2014

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, and a very happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Larry and I were fortunate enough to visit Ireland two years ago to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We fell in love with the rolling hills and amazing greenness of the land, the whole of which felt simply magical. It’s no wonder the place would give birth to tales of Leprechauns.

O'Carroll Street, County Offaly, Ireland, 2014There was something about the green isle that reminded me so much of home. Two beautiful places shaped by the same jet stream, responding in verdant symphonies.

My mother’s ancestor — a thousand years ago — had been a king in County Offaly, near the heart of Ireland. Larry and I made sure our wanderings took us there. I’m not sure if it was just the writer’s imagination in me, but I really felt connected to that place in a way I never had before. Gazing on the O’Carroll Street sign (did I mention my mother was a Carroll) gave me chill bumps. Of course, it could’ve been the cold rain that had begun to fall that May day, but I don’t think so.

I decided while we were in Ireland to buy something special to wear to remember the trip. How awesome would it be, I thought, to wear my Ireland garb each Saint Patty’s Day!

Well, I forgot one important thing.

Here, on the lower side of the jet stream, it gets hot early. My lovely green plaid scarf and soft wool sweater just aren’t fitting garb for a March day in Georgia — at least not this year, when we’ve already set a record high this week. Thing is, though, my heart carries the green of Ireland where-e’er I go.

2 Comment

  1. Hi Dawn, I love reading your writings each day. Your mother and I have WMU together. Sharon Stone connected me with your blog. My son and his wife have traveled in Ireland and soon my granddaughter who attends UNC will will going there to study. Please keep her in your prayers as she studies in this beautiful country. Thanks for sharing your thoughts each day. I hope to see you at church soon. I am recovering from hip surgery and have not attended lately, but will return soon. Happy St Patty’s Day to you and Larry.
    With love, Martha Palmer.

    1. That’s great, Martha! I hope your recovery is going well; we’re looking forward to having you back with us at church. 🙂 I’m so glad to know you’re enjoying what I write. Sometimes I feel like I just ramble, but I pray God can use it in some way.

      Larry and I LOVED Ireland; I think we’d move there, if we could figure out how such a thing would work. That’s fabulous that your granddaughter is going to get to study there; someday I’d love to go there and stay in some wonderfully small cottage and write a book. Some day. I hope you have a fabulous Saint Patrick’s Day. Love ya!

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