Last September, I was able to return to my grandmother’s birthplace. Thanks to a wonderful hotel desk clerk at the Kilronan Castle Hotel and then a great butcher on Peter Street in Boyle, County Roscommon, I was able to locate the “auld homestead”. Knocked on the door and was given traditional Irish hospitality for several hours, got names and locations of my great-uncle William’s buddies, tea and bickies , and the deeds dating back to 1905…………… On my return trip to County Meath, we were treated to incredible rainbows!
Copyright 2013 Mary Jane E Clark
Twice each year, I make a transition between 2 earthly Paradises, Moynalty, Ireland and Jupiter, Florida. My most recent repositioning was last week, and, as always, the change was both bittersweet and welcome. I love my life in rural Ireland with the peacefulness, the glorious beauty, the simple pleasures of homemaking, my partner as my primary contact with humanity, a turf and wood blaze nightly and a semi-stray kitty who sings and dances on the windowsills for her supper.
And, in Florida, I welcome the warm weather, the proximity to the ocean, the fellowship of my JupiterFIRSTChurch family, a lively social life and, of course, the security of my partner’s continued presence and support.
This is a rainbow that I saw on my last weekend in Ireland. We were on our way to Bailieborough, County Cavan and as we drove around a curve, it magically appeared out of a fast-moving gray cloud. I love rainbows and they always remind me of God’s covenant with us, ( Genesis 9:13 ) and also remind me that, one day, my transition will be to another, Heavenly, Paradise.
Copyright 2012 Mary Jane E Clark
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