Monday, March 17, 2008

Baby's First Patty's Day

Today was our first St. Patrick's day as a family, well the official first since the babe was in-utero last year. We had the whole day planned out, beginning with a breakfast in Connolly's and ending with a marching in the parade. We ended up not having breakfast, but we did go to Connolly's which was the important part. You see, me and the hubby met in Connolly's 3 years ago today.
I was there with some friends (and some boys who my friends thought were my friends) and he was there annoying me. He kept standing behind me, poking at my bobbly head shamrocks and telling me not to get on strange boys' shoulders; he annoyed me so much I had to talk to him. We chatted and at the end of the night he left with my phone number and I left hours later with another man....
We went on one date that ended weirdly; and he swears that if I hadn't called him for a second date we would have never ended up together. He was/is the only man I have ever asked out. Our second date ended much smoother, and I realized that I was going to marry this near stranger that same night. He moved in with me soon after...
Flash Forward one year, same bar, same band (Shilelagh Law). The man I love got up on stage and said " One year ago today I met a girl here, that night I asked her for her number and this year I want to ask her something else" and he got down on one knee and proposed.
Flash Forward another year, same bar, same band but I am pregnant by 7 and a half months and we have been married for about 4 months; do the math and see that I was indeed pregnant at our wedding.
So from this timeline you can see St. Patty's Day is pretty important to us as a couple and we'd like it to be important to us as a family. So we bundled up the babe and headed to Connolly's. We had seen the band on friday night for our own couple fun so we just wanted to be in the same bar for commemoration purposes, and so our tradition still stands. We had some tea, watched the parade and then the hubby went off to carry the banner for County Down. I joined the parade for the last 15 blocks and we celebrated as a family as we will for the next zillion years...

2 comments:

leigh said...

Hi Reg... I can't wait to see your IMP when it's done. Sounds like there's great stuff in it (just starting with the paint recipe).

I'm sorry to hear about Lisa. There's something about that that just cuts so close to home.

Take care of yourself. xo L

Mary said...

That is like, the sweetest St. Patty's Day tradition ever. :-) It makes me want to run down to the bar and wait for someone to start batting at my bunny ears. Or, if I really wanted to get some attention around here, maybe I'd need a set of bobbily Packer-helmets on my antenna...

But seriously, that's a great story.