Thursday, March 17, 2011

Magical Moment 406, "Orange Irishmen"

When I was in elementary school, a woman asked me if I was Irish. I remember thinking, "What gave it away? The green eyes, freckles, reddish brown hair, or that my last name is Daugherty?" (Maybe I was a bit of a smart aleck?). In truth, I'm a bit of a mixed breed. The two main ingredients though are Irish and Mexican

My dad always told us that our ancestors changed their last name at Ellis Island from O'Daugherty to Daugherty. Which is too bad, I'd love to have that O still around. O well. I've always been proud of my name (now maiden). He also used to tell us that we're Orange Irishmen. And after nearly 28 years of hearing that, I finally decided to google what on earth that even means. It means....drum roll please. That we're protestant Irish. Simple as that. 

"May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go." 
- an Irish blessing

Happy St. Patty's Day!

And a wee bit oorange for my dad


Stuff could always be worse said...

Happy St Patricks Day to you also! Love the pics

Dawn said...

Haha.....Love it.
Beautiful photos!!! Are those in your yard?!
I am (jealous).
Happy St. Paddy's Day!!!

Linda said...

Well, I learned something today. I'd never heard that phrase, "Orange Irishman." Love the poem and the orange flower for your dad.

laughwithusblog said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! My heritage is Scotch Irish at least the Irish part is anyway!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Thanks everyone! Hope you had a fun Saint Patrick's Day.
Dawn-those are from the park where my husband works. Nothing pretty in my yard. :(

Rick said...

A bit late but happy St. Paddy's Day anyhow.

I'm sure you're also familiar with this Irish blessing (they do have a way with words, don't they !):

May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields;
and until we meet again,
May you be held in the warmth of God's hand.

Lovely photos btw - I believe that last one is a clevia.