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    weekend recap: st. patrick’s day.

    Another St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone & I assume most don’t start a countdown for next year.  Except for my little hometown of Emmetsburg, Iowa.  Irish settled back in the day, a large group of families in the town reign from The Emerald Isle.  Including part of my mom’s family.  So, as you can imagine, all us Emmetsburg-ians get pretty excited for March 17th.  After the trek up north on Friday night, we spent Saturday doing all the traditional things – running the O’Round the Loch Run, attending the parade, catching up with old friends & drinking green beer.  Or at least beer in green cans.  Same-same, right?

    It may not be the most extravagant town, definitely not the biggest, but being there during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration always makes it feel oh-so-special.  Maybe it’s the fact that I get to see my family and a bunch of great friends all in one great day.  Maybe it’s that big Ireland flag they fly right in the center of town.  Either way, a weekend like that always reminds me of the importance of quality time with people you love.  Even more important, unplugged quality time. I ended up posting on Saturday, but I really did concentrate on staying in the moment.  With so many people I care about in one spot, I didn’t want to waste any time staring at a screen.

    Weekends spent in joyous celebration sometimes lead to not-so-fun Sundays, which is exactly what I got.  The older we get, the harder it is to shake an all-day binger.  Feeling better today, thankfully, but now the countdown is on.  362 days…

    St Patrick's Day in Emmetsburg, Iowa

    St Patrick's Day in Emmetsburg, Iowa

    St Patrick's Day in Emmetsburg, Iowa
    St Patrick's Day in Emmetsburg, Iowa

    How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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