How can you tell if you're Irish?
Your mother and sister recoil in horror when you confess to using instant mashed potatos.
A very serious thing is treated like a joke.
If you say, "I'll make a long story short" no one believes you.
Although you don't know the words to a song, are off key and out of tune you sing anyways. And, seriously consider trying out for American Idol.
Your family tree is populated with the names Mary, Margaret, Catherine and men named John but called Jack.
Before a family reunion you have to be reminded who isn't speaking to whom.
A wake for a family member is a party by any other definition.
The only way to get a tan is if it's sprayed on.
You've often wonder why people say, "quick tempered", "hot headed" and "stubborn" as if those were bad things. That's just being passionate about what you feel and think.
The Gift Of Gab? Oh yeah, you've got it.
The Sunday morning church service is also an aerobic workout. Stand. Sit. Kneel. Turn to the right, shake hands. Turn to the left and shake. Bow your head. Now, kneel, sit, and stand again.
There's a good chance that somewhere in your home is either a small picture or plaque with the words of a blessing, something with a shamrock on it, or a cross. Or all three.
Hold the gravy, you take butter on your mashed potatos.
You've always got dance fever.
Feud is just another four letter word for love.
It takes an hour to say, "Good-bye" at family gatherings.
Intensely loyal, generous, friendly and helpful you hate to say, "no" to someone needing a favor.
You love to tell people that you're Irish.
It's March 17th. Everyone's Irish today!
For my grandma, Geraldine Catherine O'Connor, a masterful storyteller and proud Irish woman.