If you had asked me ten years ago if I would watch – much less enjoy – a sheepdog competition on television, I would definitely
have laughed in your face. Yet last Sunday we found ourselves watching the “One Man and His Dog” competition on BBC’s Countryfile show (another personal favorite). More than that, we were rooting for the Ireland team. Who else? Best part of all was that Ireland won!
We’ve begun to use the colloquialisms more comfortably. It’s small changes in wording, a changed attitude toward timeliness, altered interactions with people, the ability to understand strong accents.
Recently I participated in a workshop centered around elder abuse due to my involvement with Age Action Ireland. I met a fascinating group of women including a young Chinese woman studying disability law at NUIG and a couple of social workers with the HSE (Health Services Executive, the health service group run by
the government). I was not only acccepted but my unique perspective of Irish culture was welcomed.
Of course, we’re doing our part to share our American weirdness with the lively people of Galway. We’re throwing a holiday food sculpture party soon, something our friends find amusing. Of course I have to choose an American holiday because Irish ones are weird and very hard to depict in food. Ha!