Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The family tree...

(My Mother on the left, my Aunt Alice on the right..circa 1920-ish)
Seems we all have some degree of pride when it comes to talking about family. We can rant and rave, get sooo angry, make fun of them and love them all in the same moment in time.

My Mother used to say her side of the family - the Sullivan's- were "Lace Curtain Irish"....Which I imagine, is the best kind, wouldn't you think?

My Daddy's side - the Sullivan's - were, according to my Mother "Damn Shanty Irish"..... Which I imagine, is not the best kind, I would think....
And yes, they were both Sullivan's - which I have written about previously. Two separate clans ( we made sure we weren't going to have to play that banjo theme from "Deliverance"at every family gatehring........)

I was reminded of this little scenario today when April sent me this joke...

A little girl asked her mother, "How did the human race appear?"

The mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and then all mankind was made."

Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.

The father answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved."

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?"

The mother answered, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."

I know I have beliefs...both spiritual and scientific. But I have been know to want to take the best of two things and combine them - so as not to have to choose - Like, I was raised Catholic and I now live in a Mormon state.

There are some things I love about the Catholic religion and some I love about the Mormon religion. So I tell people I'm "Mortholic" - that way I can have the best of both worlds.

I'll bet God wouldn't be angry at me for that...probably would go "Huh...I guess that'd be OK"..
and leave it at that.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could always "pick & choose"?

"I'll have the steak....and the chicken..."

Favorite color? I choose green....and yellow...

Crunchy or smooth? Yes....
Dog or cat? AhHuh..

I am Damn-Shanty-Lace-Curtain-Irish...and I'm happy about that. And I think God is too.

After all, He has sent me flowers, and puppies, and snow at Christmas. He has whacked me on the side of the head when I needed a good whacking...And He has sent His angels to constantly watch over me ....

(Actually, I think I am His favorite...but don't tell my sisiters.....Shhhh.....)

So, the next time you're asked to choose just one way, or thing, or idea or though or belief, take the time to think about it. There is more than one way of looking at life...make it what YOU want it to be.
As Mr. B and I always say as we go off to sleep...Sweet Dreams!



Kentucky Bound said...

What a beautiful, fresh perspective!



The Feathered Nest said...

At this age in my life I've come to realize so many things. This particular post is one of them....beautiful, Colleen ~ xxoo, Dawn

madrekarin said...

Colleen- You never cease to amaze me. I love this post. "Mortholic" is my new favorite word. You, my darling friend, are one of the reasons I keep on blogging and reading blogs.

~d said...

YOU ARE such a great writer. I am sopping this one up today: needed it.

white o'morn cottage said...

Quite right! ...and my favourite flowers are DAFFULIPS!

Brandi said...

Mom, even though I don't always comment, I do read your blog everyday! It's my favorite thing to read. Somedays when you blog later then usual, I find myself hitting refresh about every 5 minutes :). I love you!

the old schoolhouse said...

As we say here in Ireland ,sure your blood is worth botteling,your a tonic for us all ps isnt brandi a little darlin for her lovely comment,your a lucky women for sure Angie xxx

Mary said...

I don't like being in a black or white world. I rather like all the colors and having to choose one would just make me sad. Thanks Colleen. You are awesome! Keep on Blogging!

Anonymous said...

Cute post.We all have a little Heinz 57 in us hehe. Id hate to see what all is in my blood. I know alot of indian.

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