Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Inspiration: Irish Blessings, Old and New

This morning, as I was dressing my babies in green--a great color for them--I read Big B my favorite traditional Irish Blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.

On the way to school, he came up with his own version. I asked him what he would wish for people to have happy lives. His answers were:

1. That they always have their toys with them.
2. That they see the signs.
3. That they always not make a fire.
4. That they always not bump into people.

The first wish needed no explanation. I was, however, a bit confused by the latter three. I asked him what he meant by 'seeing the signs,' and he answered, matter-of-factly, 'you know, when you need directions, so you can know the way.' Aaah. Another wish born. The third and fourth wishes provided sturdy platforms for a morning grammar lesson, and I challenged Big B to turn those negatives into positives. He did, beautifully, and now we have a perfectly sweet Irish Blessing of our own, to celebrate the day.

May you always have your toys with you.
May you always know the way.
May you always be safe, and
May you always be nice to people.

Doesn't that about sum it up?


Liquid Pen said...

you're such a great Mommy!

Sara said...

Too cute, and what a great lesson!