Ten years of all things Irish was an event to be celebrated. I remember when we started this party on Fletcher Ave. in Chicago. We tapped the keg of green beer at 9:30am (we set our alarm in order to get up by that time), ran out of beer an hour into the party, had to go get a 2nd keg and carried the kitchen table outside to play flip cup on the front sidewalk. We celebrated in Irish style with lots of green, Irish tunes, Big 10 basketball and plenty to eat and drink.
Ten years later, a lot has changed. We no longer need an alarm clock to wake up – we have two live in wake up calls. The green keg got retired in lieu of better tasting beer. And the kids outnumber the adults (we were the kids at the party 10 years ago!). But all those staples that we have enjoyed for so many years are still there – most importantly the friends and family we get to celebrate with.
You can make a pretty direct correlation between a drop in the number of pictures I take and the years that I have been pregnant for this party (3 times!). I don’t have a lot to show for this party, but you can trust that there was lots of green and plenty of smiling Irish eyes. Cheers to decades more of celebrating all things Irish! Slainte!
To all the days here and after
May they be filled with fond memories, happiness, and laughter.
May your heart be warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day in every way
And forever and ever after
May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
For each petal on the shamrock.
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.