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Archive for October 3rd, 2011


I am feeling quite nostalgic, remembering the books I lost two years ago. It’s one reason why I stopped visiting my Shelfari shelf because most of the books I added there are no longer in my possession. Of course, one could replace a favorite book, why not? But really, some of them were gifts from friends and they have what we call “sentimental value”. Anyway, I have found other lovely books during the last two years that we were replenishing our collection . I lost all the hard-bound books by my favorite author Richard Paul Evans. What were left of the collection were two paperback editions which until now smell like crazy, kept in an open shelf near our laundry area. I don’t have the heart to throw them away since I know, it  will be hard to find a replacement here but I don’t also have the courage to mix them with our new books. They always remind me of the hundreds of volumes we had to throw away after the typhoon.

One such book that I really miss is Irish Blessings. It’s  beautifully bound and illustrated and the glossy pages and illustrations are a feast for the eyes with those somehow familiar Irish verses that you would surely love, whether you are a true blue Irish or just someone who loves short prayers and poetry.

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
And I wish I have a framed version of this lovely blessing.

A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

An Irish Prayer

May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

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