Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy Evacuation Day

Did you know the city of Boston has St. Patrick's Day off for Evacuation Day?

Boston loves it's St. Patrick's Day celebrations! When I was young my Grandmother lived in a triple-decker in South Boston. I remember going to the city early and spending the day. Relatives I only saw once a year would all visit and we'd have corned beef and cabbage and watch the parade. I don't have any vivid memories of the actual parade. It's the "crowded in a good way" apartment with all those steps up and down, the food (Irish bread, boiled stuff and brownies for dessert with extra brownies to take home) and the sense of tradition that I remember.

I've got my own boiled dinner cooking at home in a crock pot. I've never used the crock pot for this before. It might be a completely over-done bowl of mush by the time we get home, but at least we can say we had it!

On Saturday, my sister and I went to Chicago (with SPie) to see the green river. I'll post some pictures later in the week, but you can check out a picture here (the first picture is the Chicago River). It really is cool. The water turns a great kelly green shade. We skipped the Chicago parade, but we did spend some time walking around and snapping photos. Everyone was very friendly and we had a good day.
Hubs is on his way home! He called this morning on his way through Canada. He'll be staying with relatives in Detroit tonight and we should all be together for dinner tomorrow! I AM SO HAPPY!
Daycare drop off was great today. We walked in and SPie said hello to everyone (not by name, but she waved and said "hi friends"). Some of the children actually said hello to her by name! She jumped right into the activities and the teacher actually smiled. Maybe it's the luck o' the Irish!
Here are two Irish expressions for you. The first is one I've heard for years and the second is one I just found on the internet here (I love the internet!).

May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.


THopgood said...

I love reading about everyone's St. Patty day as it's never been a big thing for us...we're Italian....not Irish. So I never grew up with these neat St Patty day traditions...we may have to start because it seems like so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by today...hope to "see" you again soon.

Lovebabz said...

I can't wait to see a green river?..YIKES! I live in CT and we don't do that! I loved your telling of your childhood, I could feel the excitement! And I am glad Spie had a good daycare day---a few post back! And I am glad your Man will be home soon!