Bless Me Ireland is a humorous take on my transformation and evolution from Irish girl to American Mom.
Join me as I laugh at the subtle ways I have changed, and confess my sins to the leprechauns.
Bless me Ireland, for I have changed,
Here is my American confession......
I put no milk in my tea!
That's right! No milk! No sugar! Just plain black tea! I know - pure sacrilege by Irish tea drinking standards - not even the teeniest, tiniest, little drop of milk in my tay. I arrived on these shores drinking creamy tea, but I have since converted to be a black tea drinker.
And there's more. I drink those fancy herbal teas, not just good black Irish tea. Lemon, peppermint, chamomile - I've tried them all.
In my defense, not a drop of coffee has passed my lips. I am still officially a tea drinker, if not a true Irish tay drinker.
I drive a mini-van!
No longer is my mode of transport a petrol-sipping mini cooper, but a whopping big minivan with a V6 engine - a gas-guzzler by Irish standards.
I am officially a soccer mom. There's no going back once you give birth to triplets.
I now eat cupcakes instead of buns!
I indulge in America's fancy, frosted buns and call them cupcakes. Now every time I finish one I ask myself why on earth I let that sweet, gooey mess pass my lips, but I just can't help myself.
They look lovely, and as Oscar Wilde so eloquently put it, I can resist everything except temptation.
I love the Drive-Thru!
Drive-thru bank! Drive-thru pharmacy! Drive-thru fast food! I've used them all, sitting behind my steering wheel, heating my rear with my built-in car seat warmer.
I know it's a long way from the pony and trap my grandmother used, but with four kids, a girl's got to do, what a girl's got to do.
Years ago our bank in Florida always included a doggy treat in the return canister if my pooch was at the car window.
I Supersized My Big Mac!
Once, just once, before the infamous supersizing fad was halted, I did it.
The drive-thru girl asked: "Do you want to supersize that?" And without batting an eyelid, I said yes.
The word "awesome" slipped my lips.
Just once I confess, but I can't take it back. It was my Irish lips that uttered this ever-so-American exclamation.
A school mother offered to take my little one to a birthday party, and before you know it, I had said it: "That would be awesome!" My Americanization is fully under way.
I watch movies, not films!
I don't go to the cinema anymore, but check on line to see what's showing at the movies.
And then to crown it all, I eat popcorn by the bucketful at said movies.
For these changes,
And all the other changes
That will inevitably occur,
I am not one bit sorry.
And for my penance .......
Another twenty years in America!
Bless me, Ireland, that's no penance at all, at all.
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