Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I'm an Irish Girl, it must be known

Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

Top of the morning to ya lads & lassies!

Alright, I'm a bit guilty regarding full disclosure of my ethnicity. You see, I often talk about how my Mom is Italian (like here, here and here) and her side of the family is rooted deeply in that culture. Everyone on my Mom's side talks loudly with their hands, lives on the East Coast, drinks wine and never cuts their pasta with their fork- it's this amazing, cultural existence rooted in family and food. Things like this coupled with illustrious images of my Nana and her beautiful, dark-haired Italian sisters in the latest fashions in the 1940's has always had me deeply in love with my Italian roots (long before Jersey Shore).

However, there's a whole other half of me - that man called "Dad". Well, my Dad isn't Italian at all and his reddish hair and freckles are quick to give that away. His Grandparents came here from Ireland and worked in the Mines in Butte, Montana - which has a very strong history of Irish roots (My Grandma was friends with Evel Knievel). My Dad was raised on meat and potatoes, the importance of having a proper Irish wake when you lose a family member (meaning the family gathers to celebrate the life of the departed person after the funeral by drinking and telling stories long into the night) AND saving your money-yes, yes- I am... half Irish.
 {My Italian Mom, My Irish Dad and my Crybaby older Sister}

So though I often just say "I'm Italian!" and leave it at that, I must divulge that yes indeedy: I am an Irish girl (Kiss Me!).

Irish Blessing:
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.


Happy St. Patty's Day all you Seamus O'Tooles, if you start to see any Leprechauns- it's time to call it a night. Oh! And Happy Birthday to my Stepmom- can't wait for the corned beef feast tonight!

Three cheers for Green Beer!

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28 comments:

Katie said...

Happy St Patricks Day!

this free bird said...

I blacked out at your grandma was friends with Evel Knievel. Seriously? I was such a big fan of Evel K growing up. No jokes. When I tell my brother this he might need depends undergarments.

Happy St. Patricks Day! It was my grandma's birthday :(

xoxo,
Carrie

Rick said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Caitlin! Enjoy it :)

Vivek Nanda said...

I never knew you were half-Irish..wow...Happy St.Patrick's Day, Cheers :)

Erika said...

Happy, Happy St. Patrick's Day, my love! :)

Julie and Lauren said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm Italian-Irish too! The best combo : )
Xx.

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Kristen said...

Happy St. Patty's Day! I love your pictures, too cute with the little hats!

Kristen said...

Happy St. Patty's Day! I love your pictures, too cute with the little hats!

Megan said...

Happy St. Patrick's Dayyyy! Which is even more special to you since you're part-Irish! And I'm loving the photo of your parents (and crybaby sister LOL!). Wish I could join you for dinner tonight...unfortunately it's looking like a Ramen noodles kinda night for this girl!

Have a great dayyyy!

<3 Megan

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

yay for green beer! haha happy st. patrick's day!!

Kai.Mercado. said...

Haha Oh my gosh! I am half Mexican and half English...and me and my brothers always say were Mexican. My mom gets so mad. She's like "you know half of you ISN'T Mexican right?"

Krista said...

Doesn't everyone from Butte know Evil? Hee hee! Happy St. Pats girly! I'll toast a green beer to ya tonight!

Yevgeniya Yelkina said...

ah happy st patties have fun tonight!! xooo


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Leia said...

I had no idea you were half Irish! Hope you had fun (drinking green beer? :P) today!

Leia

Anna Katrina said...

so cute happy saint pattys day!!



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Melissa said...

I am also Italian (from my Mom) and Irish and German (from my Dad) making me a quarter Irish. I tend to talk about being Italian more too because of similar reasons to yours as well as the fact that I look more Italian for sure than the other two. But I love that I am Irish and German as well and so its awesome to be able to celebrate my Dad and my Grandpa's family today!
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!! Wishing you the luck of the Irish today and everyday! xoxoxox

drollgirl said...

my grandma was NOT friends with evil knievel. dammit!

happy spd to you today! cheers!!!

Tina said...

yuuuup... you and me almost wrote the exact same post to me lol except you're waaay more irish than me [and do not look at ALL! lol]

happy st pattys!!

Laksmono said...

I love the picture of mum and dad!
so cute

Mariel Torres said...

i love that picture with you mom and dad! beautiful couple indeed

this is me. said...

the bf is half irish, half german. happy st. paddy's to you lovely lady! cheers!

Kristin said...

I've got the same heritage lady! Italian hair and Irish skin for me. HAHA

Holly said...

I can only imagine that you had a marvelous day today!

Punctuation Mark said...

hope you tons of fun celebrating... have a nice weekend!

Kara said...

Happy St. Patty's day to you beautiful girl! Seeing as my fiance is irish, it was a day of celebrations at our house. We didn't go out because we both had to work the next day, but we shared more than a few irish beers at home :)

Love your heritage posts! It's so fun to get a glimpse into your background!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

You are so cute! What a fun post :) At first I thought the baby pic was of you, but what a sweet/hilarious picture of your sister.

PorkStar said...

Nice pics

I hope you had a great St Patty's

Panty Buns said...

Sorry I haven't commented lately. I'm still depressed pining over the love I apparently re-lost. She's over half Irish too. She still hasn't spoken to me (for 8 months and 20 days) but I sent her a silver Celtic Shamrock pendant (from Ireland) and penned a card. I'm half Italian but only one sixteenth Irish. I wore green but didn't go anywhere.