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April 3, 2014

Saying goodbye to a new friend

Did you know that St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was born in Britain? At age 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and spent six years as a slave in Ireland. He escaped and went back to Britain where he became a priest. He returned to Ireland where it is said that he converted thousands of pagans to Christianity before he died on March 17, sometime in the fourth century.

More St. Patrick’s Day trivia. The reason that the shamrock is associated with this day is because it is believed that St. Patrick used it to teach the Holy Trinity, the three leaves representing the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The color green has been associated with Ireland since the 1640’s and with St. Patrick’s Day throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. “Wearing of the Green” comes from a song of the same name which laments Irishmen being persecuted for wearing green. From this somber beginning, St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the most joyously celebrated holidays, with parades and exuberant events. How many of you have not had green beer?

There were many staff and residents “wearing the green” here at Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home on March 17. We had corned beef and cabbage for dinner, a meal long associated with St. Patrick’s Day, although I don’t know why.

“Marie and Me” entertained us on March 18. The duo consisted of a pretty young lady and her father-in-law. He played guitar and they both sang. They said they had something for everyone and they did, Blue Grass, inspirational hymns, contemporary and country. They promised to come back.

The monthly Thanksgiving Circle was held on March 21. The topic of the day was the upcoming annual Casino Night when the house is transformed into a casino and games of chance such as roulette, blackjack, the shell game, etc. are played with chips. The theme this year will be Mardi Gras. We invite our families and friends and it is always a gala and enjoyable event.

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