This past weekend my moms cousin reached out to me asking if I would like to spend the day at their house. I have family that lives in Ratheniska. I got to spend time with my Aunt Betty, Uncle John, Kathleen, Laura, and Lisa. They all made me feel so welcomed there. Its always a pleasure getting to spend time with family even though your miles and miles away from home.
Aunt Betty and Kathleen took me to see Lisa and Laura’s Gaelic football match. People were suprised I knew what that sport was. Little did they know I tried to play back in America (let’s just say physical sports like that wasn’t made for me, I’ll have to stick to basketball). Although they lost it was a hard fought match and I’m glad I got to see my cousins play. After the game we all got to hang out at the field having sandwiches, desserts, and of course being offered tea and coffee everywhere you go!
After the match we went back to Kathleen’s and we called my grandpa without him knowing I was with everyone. He was shocked when he heard my voice on the phone, it really made me smile. He was so happy I was able to spend the day with his family. Even though he wishes he was here with all of us now, he will be visiting in February for his friends 90th birthday party and to catch an away game at Portlaoise (his old stomping grounds!) We finished the day off with take-out Chinese and hanging out watching a show similar to dancing with the star. I’m thankful to have family in Ireland always looking to welcome me in with open arms.
It was awesome getting to catch up with aunts, uncles, and cousins that I haven’t seen in years. My cousin Laura studies in Galway and I can’t wait until I’m able to visit her there next!