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Ich am of Irlaunde, Ant of the holy londe of Irlaunde

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I'm dedicating this post to my mom.


ICH am of Irlaunde,
Ant of the holy londe
    Of Irlande.
Gode sire, pray ich the,
For of saynte charité,
Come ant daunce wyth me
    In Irlaunde. (source: Wikisource)


I didn't grow up in a particularly Irish part of America.  I hail from south of Seattle, in Washington State, where most of my friends growing up were of German and/or Scandinavian extraction and I was the only Catholic amongst my friends in primary school.  My surname is O'Meara and this, apparently, is a hard surname to both spell and pronounce in the Pacific Northwest.  My mom's been asked if her husband is Japanese (Omara) and my dad was once sent a letter to join the Hispanic American society (I have no idea).  While my family were aware of and acknowledged our family's past, it wasn't a very big part of our lives.  The majority of my Irish ancestors immigrated to America during and shortly after the Famine and therefore we didn't have any living relat…

What do you miss from where / when you grew up?

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Firstly, I"m delighted to have stumbled upon this blog: An American in Dublin, written by an ex-pat, like me, who's a Yank living in Ireland.  Particularly I want to give a shout out to his most recent post which looks at the creature comforts of home and missing them.  I was a bit homesick yesterday, that's normal on the Fourth of July but it got me thinking...what do I currently miss most about where I grew up (besides the obvious - family & friends) and how has this changed for me throughout the years?

The below is a response I left to Glenn's blog.  I hadn't intended it to become a blog in its own right but I went on so darn long I thought I should post it here.  And don't forget to check out Glen's blog - he's newly(ish) arrived in Ireland and has very good insight into the immigrant experience.  
Kath O'Mearasays: July 5, 2012 at 9:04 am Hey fellow ExPat! Its exciting to see another of your posts! And an especially poignant one to read on …