This is the start of my new series, Greetings from Ireland, where I’ll post occasional emails from my Irish mother-in-law, Alice, who is known simply as “Gran.”
She is the mother of five grown boys (including my husband, of course!), the grandmother of 10, and lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has kindly let me adopt her as my own grandmother, mother, advisor, parenting coach, and above all, friend.
As you will see when you read her emails, Gran is a treasure-trove of wit, writing talent, and parenting wisdom. Every time I’ve shown one of her emails to friends, they’ve been so taken with how charming and wise she is that some of her emails have practically gone viral.
So without further delay, here is today’s email from Gran (with her permission).
Greetings from Ireland.
Today we took delivery of your lovely hamper and you know it was more welcome now than at Christmas. All the goodies were top of the range and straight away we started to indulge by opening a bottle of white wine. It was enjoyed by Granda and myself and Brendan who was here for lunch. There was a bottle of Granda’s favourite red and he stashed this away for future snaffling.
After dinner we each had tea and cake from the hamper. The cake was delicious and, as I said, all the contents were top class. Even the basket is a good one and I said to Granda: “I think I’ll get a little dog,” but Granda replied, “If you do you can mind it yourself.”
That took the longing off me as I can hardly mind myself.
The weather here is cold and stormy but thank God Dublin escaped the worst of the high winds. Brendan’s fence blew down so he has gone home to deal with it. We are expecting Ronan and Julie up tonight for a chat. Everyone got safely over the holidays. Kevin went back to work today and also Lorcan. Ronan is back in harness tomorrow. Don’t know about Colm but he was probably called out during the storm.
There is not much news of interest. Rose has 3 new great-grandchildren – two girls and one boy. Irene had the boy and called him Sean. Aine had a girl and called her Ava Rose. Mairead called her daughter Kayla. There is another McEvoy great grandchild on the way. Fergeal and his wife Anne are expecting a baby in March. Rose doesn’t go out at all as it is too cold.
We don’t go out much ourselves but we do go to Mass every day and we shop on Saturdays.
I noticed a new law today preventing stores from selling sexy children’s clothes. When I read about it in today’s paper I remembered your Momalog on the subject. Take a bow. You were the first to condemn it.
A very happy New Year to you all. We got your Christmas card today also – just in time to take its place on our mantlepiece. The girls look very alike. Thanks for everything.
Love and good wishes for the year ahead and God bless all from Gran.
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