Especially for Valentine’s Day, I thought we might explore the topic of romance and the Irish.
I know we are not world renowned romantics like the French and the Italians, but Ireland is a land of poets and balladeers, so we must have a romantic side too.
Sending Anonymous Valentine’s Cards:
When I was growing up in Dublin, St. Valentine’s Day was just for teenagers and those in their early 20’s. Unsigned cards were delivered through mail boxes across the city, raising all kinds of questions about would-be card senders, and potential admirers.
Who sent who a card was the topic of the day. Now that I am many years older I realize most of the cards were sent by parents, not yearning admirers.
My Irish Romantic Credentials:
Since those early days of penning anonymous Valentine’s cards, I must confess I have done little to develop my romantic credentials.
Truth be told, the very mention of Valentine’s Day makes me cringe, just a tad. After 23 years of marriage, I understand a little about love and commitment, but when Valentine’s Day comes around I find all the commercially-driven, compulsory outpourings of love a little off-putting.
And so since my romantic credentials are so sadly lacking I thought I would recruit the help of the good folk at Celtic Cross Online, who put together this informative graphic about the Irish and romance.
Romantic Ireland’s Alive And Well:
And so, are the Irish any good at romance?
The big problem I perceive is that romance itself is very hard to define.
We Irish may not be any good at showy demonstrations of love and affection which are universally accepted as romantic gestures. But if you carefully examine the romantic traditions outlined in this graphic and our old Irish sayings, it’s clearly evident we’re very good at loyalty and commitment.
For me, romance has nothing in the world to do with money wasted on unnecessary gifts or flowers. For me, romance is something completely intangible and priceless. It’s the ongoing devotion that helps us plod onward together in life, through thick and thin, always trusting in each other’s love and support.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. This is not a sponsored post and I don’t have a business relationship with the good folks at Celtic Cross Online. I simply enjoyed their infographic, appreciate the effort they put into creating it, and thought you might like it too.