Palm Sunday, Irish style

1 Apr

As we went to Mass today, I realized something – I cannot remember what we did last year on Palm Sunday.  We were here.  I know that.  But we must have gotten to church late because I have no recollection of the palms.

In the states, we got…well…palms.  Here however, we got…evergreen branches.

Which, if you think about it, is kind of strange – as they have palm trees in Ireland.  Seriously, my neighbor has one.

However, I thought to myself “This could be a good thing.  The evergreen branches are shorter.  There’s less of a chance of getting smacked in the head with an evergreen branch!”

Well…probably.  Unless said branch is in the hands of Maura and shaped like a bird.

Maura’s branch flew all throughout Mass.  It fluttered, it swooped, it then bounced along the edge of the pew on its stem while babbling.  It even did the sign of peace.  It flew in my face, in Sean’s face, in neighboring pew sitter’s hair.  The woman in front of me had her own girl going “Mummy!  Where’s my angel branch?”  So she didn’t really bat an eye.

The woman behind us was even more understanding.  After Mass ended and Maura was doing her thing, Josh smiled and apologized for the branch in the face behavoir, and the woman brushed it off, said Maura was a lovely girl,  then said “It’s constant, isn’t it?”

We knew what she was referring to.  We said “Yes, it is.”

And she smiled, and I got the feeling she had more than an insight to our lives.  But there was no pity, just understanding and a smile.

And then Maura yelled for Miriam and flew her evergreen palm flying creature out of the church, along with the Mommy Branch that she swiped off me.



4 Responses to “Palm Sunday, Irish style”

  1. Elyse April 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Your posts always make me smile, especially when you talk about Maura. I used to teach a daycare class, and I’ve always taken absolute delight how kids can give life to toys or silly objects like a tree branch!

  2. Jan April 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I have not commented before. I enjoy your blog very much. I look forward to the email that says you have posted a new blog. I work with special needs children in a public school setting, but also because I love Ireland. I visited there in 2005 and hope to go back again, one day. Blessing on you and your family.

  3. Nancy April 2, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Children have great imaginations that can go in to great dreams. Love your stories.

  4. Jessica April 3, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I may just suggest that the use of evergreens is of a more pragmatic nature, in case there are no nearby palm trees ;). Here they use plastic ones but then I live in Scandinavia. Not a palm tree in sight unless you are to loot the tropical section of some botanical garden ;).

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