I’ve already told you all about my trip to Ireland, but now I want to reflect a bit on how I felt when I was there because I can’t stop thinking about it. I felt this incredible sense of connection the whole time I was in Ireland, and it was something I had never felt before. It took me a little while to realise why I felt this way, but I think it’s because I’ve never actually been to a place where I’m from. I mean, I’m from the United States, but only by a few generations. That’s still something, but Ireland is very different for me.
In fourth grade, I had to do a project on my “Country of Origin.” I had a few choices since I am Irish, French, Italian, and Russian. I’m not sure what made me pick Ireland, but I think it was the fact that being Irish (or “of Irish descent”) has been the most prominent in my life. I loved Saint Patrick’s Day when I got to call my grandparents and tell them “top of the morning to you!” and my some of my favourite memories come from Thanksgiving when my big family would all get together — we’re quite loud so it made for some great memories. I do remember colouring in an Irish flag, writing a report on Saint Patrick, looking up fun facts about Ireland, and making an “immigrant bundle” of things that I would bring from home. I was only about eight or nine at the time, but I loved this project because it was my first experience with my roots. Going to Ireland, however, and actually being there, where I’m from, was something entirely different, however.
Ireland is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It was truly love at first sight, and I can’t get the scenery out of my mind. It’s incredibly green and the air feels so clean and fresh. Even the accents are beautiful — I spent an entire weekend listening to brogues and it was music to my ears. Perhaps all of these sensory experiences were a subconscious awakening of my ancestry and my roots. I felt something so deep the whole time I was there. It was a sense of belonging and a sense of seeing where I come from and a part of who I am.
If you ever have the chance to go to a place where you’re from, I highly recommend it! It is something you will never forget.
Inspired to be,