Martin has a very large family & is from a small town, a village if you will, in Ireland. SO it’s the little things to me that I deeply appreciate. Things I haven’t had and don’t get to experience here in the US.
In Derry you can say to someone, “I’ll see you up the town” & you will run into them without a doubt. Where here you have to say what part of the mall you might meet. Especially some place like the Sawgrass Mall where we use to live in Ft. Lauderdale.
That mall is bigger than Martin’s whole town!
Martin and I were out to eat at one of our favorite places in Derry this time that we use to eat at when we lived there. We sat in the back which we normally don’t do. When we went to leave we ran into 2 of our nieces, Naomi and Laura, eating there as well. SO we sat with them and chatted and walked out with them and down the street for a bit. I thought it was cool running into family while out.When we were in Ireland last year we ran into Andrew up the town with his cousins. He took the bus up to an anima marathon at the cinema. Then he was going to the pub to surprise his Granny. If you want to see Granny you go to Porter’s pub. All the grandkids have been going there since they were wanes (wee ones) We chatted with him for a bit, hugged then we went our separate ways.
Even on the bus this last time going back to the town to catch a taxi with our niece Naomi, our nephew was on the bus going home. We didn’t see him till he was getting off the bus & he said “Cheerio” to us. He and Andrew did some mattress surfing down Mark’s stairs last year.
In Belfast, my sis in law, AnneMarie had some friends over from England that I met last year. We were all out for lunch when AnneMarie got called into work, she was on call. SHe is a flight attendant for Easy Jet. Our cousin Christine, took AnneMarie’s friends to the airport no question. Even though she had other plans. As they say in Ireland, “We won’t see you stuck.” And they won’t. It’s very much as it use to be many years ago in the US. One sister needs milk, the other sez take some from me I have extra.
It’s these little things I know they take for granted because it is the norm for them. I know they would miss it terribly if they were living here. They all pulled together for us! They gave us rides between Derry and Belfast, Belfast to Derry (about 75 miles) no problem and with gas being like $9 a gallon?? How many of us would offer that!??
No matter how much they might bitch about family, they would die without each other. They don’t even see how close they really are. But I do!
In Belfast, my cousin’s daughter is dropped off at her Granny’s in the a.m. SHe feeds her breakie, takes her to school then picks her up and takes her to her Great Granny’s for a bit to play. Maybe her Great Uncle comes by to pick her up to take her to the park with his daughter. Then back to her house for dinner and her parents pick her up. She has toys at everyone’s house. Leah is such a well behaved, loving child. Proving it does take a village to raise a child.
I remember when one of the grandsons came by everyday to his Granny’s for his lunch break from work. Or when my youngest cousin, ClaireAnne, who is traveling the world now, would spend every weekend with her Granny. Even as a teenager!
That’s what I love about Ireland, just watching the family dynamic. Watching the little things they do for one another. Thinking nothing of it. I know Andrew loved it for that reason too. He loved having so much family! I have so many more stories I could share but I think I’ll save it for the book! I can’t give it all away now. ;-)
If you have that here in the US appreciate it! Because it is the little things in life that make the hugest difference and we miss the most when they are gone!
No matter what….
IT’S ALL GOOD!