St. Patrick’s Day (Observed) and Happy Spring

March 20, 2010

It’s official.   Happy Spring!  Don’t forget your free Rita’s Water Ice.

I live down the street from an Irish bar.  This weekend is the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in my neighborhood.  It’s 74 degrees here as I write this, and I can hear “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” being bagpiped live outside the bar.   Hard to believe that a month ago we were digging out from two huge snow storms.  Yesterday my son pulled his sled down from the porch, set it on the ground, sat in it and said “it’s going to snow.”  “Not for a while,” we said.  So we decided to sled in the grass.  It was great.

St. Patrick’s Day

I just got back from spending some time with good friends in St. Patrick’s honor.  Here’s a picture from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin that I took when my wife and I visited Ireland.  On a wall outside there are memorials to many of Ireland’s famous writers including Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett.  Oscar Wilde’s boyhood home isn’t far away and there is, of course, the omnipresence of Joyce and Yeats everywhere in the city. The Book of Kells is another amazing piece of Ireland’s literary (and spiritual) legacy.  Reading the prologue of John’s gospel in something that beautiful and old, well, that’s an experience.