Don't you love the spunky Maureen O'Hara in her role as Mary Kate Danaher in the film The Quiet Man, demanding to have her "things" about her? I would venture to say that all of us can connect with the need to feel secure through our tangible possessions, especially now with the current economic conditions. God only knows how I adore my nest of "stuff" about me.
This topic sparked quite a lengthy conversation at the manor this past weekend. I think it's safe to say that most of us out there are in "hunker down" mode. The trickle down effect of the massive lay offs has effected all of us. Ms. Jane Doe loses her job. What does she do? She cuts back on the extras, like salon visits for her hair and nails, music lessons for the kids, entertainment and postpones the extra tweaking to the car. This in turn, takes its tole on the hairdresser, music teacher, the arts, and the local mechanic, and on and on. Yes,
it's scary times, indeed. Many out there are losing far more than just the "extras"; they are losing their homes, as well.
But is the sum of our life based solely on material possessions? Can money actually buy true happiness or a loving relationship? How can you put a price tag on a kind word, a moving melody, the scent of wet
earth in the spring air, or the love of a child? This brings to mind another great Maureen O'Hara movie moment from Miracle on 34th Street when Fred Gailey gives O'Hara's character, Doris, some heartfelt advice. You might recall my mention of it during the holidays, and it is surely applicable today.
Look Doris, someday you're going to find that your
way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work.
And when you do, don't overlook those lovely
intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things
that are worthwhile.
So, in keeping with this beautiful advice, we are honoring St. Patrick's Day at the manor by celebrating all those lovely, lovely intangibles. Kick up your heels with me, dear bloggy friends! A good Irish jig will bring a smile to your face! Kisses and cheer to all, be ye Irish or not!
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
traditional Irish blessing