Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hello, friends! I wanted to wish you a proper Irish blessing on this special day. There are many special sayings shared on St. Patrick’s day, and the one pictured above is my favorite Gaelic prayer.

I’ve always been a fan of St. Patrick’s day, and not just for the shamrocks, green beer, parades and pinching of any non-green wearing friends. That’s certainly fun, and I enjoy partaking in a pint of Guinness when I can, but the holiday feels deeply personal to me. In addition to attending St. Patrick’s school from kindergarten through 8th grade (no joke), I have deep Irish roots.

My maiden name is Clark, and my great great grandfather stowed away on a ship from Ireland. Legend has it he got into a fight with is school teacher and was frightened to face his family. So he headed for America to start a new life.

Clark Coat of Arms

This is the Clark family coat of arms in Ireland. Try looking up your own family’s coat of arms. It’s a great way to feel connected to your lineage.

For me, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a way to honor my heritage, as well as the patron saint and apostle of Ireland who was said to have driven all of the snakes out of the country.

Whether you’re Irish or not, I hope you find some fun in the day and enjoy learning about a beautiful culture.

Be sure to raise a glass and say “Sláinte” (pronounced SLAN-cha), which is the Irish word for “health” to celebrate. Your friends will surely be impressed.

I’ll leave you with another great Irish saying, because you indulged me while I talked about my heritage – and you’re still reading.

“May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.”

-Kate

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