- The other day I was riding the bus into town and noticed the bus driver was listening to a radio broadcast with a woman speaking in a calm, soothing voice. As I approached the front of the bus to get off at my stop, I realized that it was an obituary report! She was naming the dead person, the time and date of their service, and the charities or families to whom one could send condolences. Morbid!
- I was chatting with my new volunteer mate at the till in the Oxfam shop last week when I asked her what the difference is between cookies and biscuits. She told me that only chocolate chips in the treat make it a cookie, otherwise it is a biscuit. I went to the grocery store and confirmed it for myself. Only the cookies with chocolate chips were labelled as “cookies”!
- Somehow I got on the subject of hoarding with my student Maire at the computer class the other day. We talked about how she finds it very difficult to throw out things that even she has a problem justifying keeping around. She told me she thinks that hoarding is in the DNA of Irish people. After all the many decades of poverty and privations, a lot of Irish people find it tough to throw things out. She said it’s the “7 Year Rule.” An Irish person must keep something for seven years before it’s okay to let it go. This leads me to believe that my darling mother-in-law is much more Irish than even she realizes.
- Google “uniquely Irish” in the images search and these photos come up in the first 12 choices: