Last week, we had an impromptu visit from our friend, Karie, and her mother Susan. They were in town with another friend, and contacted me. It was wonderful to see them, and to hear their view on Ireland. I hadn’t seen Karie in 4 years, so it was great to catch up. We had a delightful visit over lunch at Avoca.
*For the record, I did not bring Patrick downtown in the chilly Irish air with no pants on! However, he managed to have a diaper blowout while we were downtown, and I had not brought extra pants.
Since Brad wasn’t able to join us for lunch, we met up with Karie and Susan a few days later for dinner (sans Isaac and Liesl). They entertained us with their list of favorite ‘Irishisms’. Things like:
- “That’s grand”
- “It’s no bother”
We added a few more to their list:
- “Thanks a mil”
- “What a gorgeous baby!” – ‘Gorgeous’ is used for both little girls and little boys. When referring to babies, it has no feminine connotation, unlike in the US.
The funny thing is, I hardly notice those sayings anymore. They are simply apart of the language. It is wonderful to have visitors enjoy the Irish culture. If anyone else has a trip to the Emerald Isle planned, please let us know! We would love to see you!