A Christmas Donkey

I just read Amy “Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey” by Robert Byrd.  The delightful story tells how the donkey is unhappy with his braying laugh and long ears, and of course, being able to talk to St. Francis, lets him know of his troubles.  St. Francis tells the wonderful story of how the faithful little donkey once carried Mary and her unborn child Jesus all the way over stony hills and hot desert roads to Bethlehem, and the stout and hearty heart of the donkey did not let her fall.  The book ends with the sweet, tired but fulfilled donkey laying beside the manger with the newborn Christ.  The other donkey, speaking to St. Francis, walks out into the snowy night and is at peace with who God created him to be.

Other than sheep, the farm animal that I love the most is the donkey.  Something about their big heads, long ears, huge eyes, and fuzzy stout body is endearing.  The cross on their backs is super-cool also.  (Symbolic of the donkey carrying Mary and the Christ on his back  🙂  )

Here’s a friendly little fellow we befriended in County Kerry and some other donkey pictures for you to enjoy in this season to celebrate and remember the night that Christ was born.  Slainte, Lisa

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The “Donkeyman Brays” Email

Kevin O'Hara Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

Ok…I am officially excited!  I got an email from the “Donkeyman”, Kevin O’Hara, wonderful author of “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims.”  If you haven’t read it, read it!  It’s a story of his journey around the entire ring of Ireland at the end of the 1970’s.  It’s the story of his growth as a person, his relationship with a wonderful donkey named Missy, a glimpse into Irish life at that time, and a wonderful picture of the warmth of the Irish people he encountered along the way.  Yes, I just used the word “wonderful” four times, and that was intentional.  🙂

I wrote him to let him know how much I liked the book, and he wrote back graciously and asked for one of my CD’s. Super cool!   So now I am happy, and wanted to share some of that bubbly over-enthusiasm with all of you.  If you like Ireland, travel stories, donkeys of any kind, and good storytelling, you will love “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims” by Kevin O’Hara.

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Donkey-Pilgrims-Kevin-OHara/dp/0765309831#_

Slainte, Lisa

The Best Donkey I Never Really Knew

Sometimes you meet people or animals on your travels that you wished you had the time to get to know better.  If you actually lived there, they would be the ones you would make sure to take the time to say “hi” to, to visit, to pet through the fence everyday on your way by.  This little donkey is one of those.  He hangs out near the boats at Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the Gap of Dunloe tour in Ireland.  He seemed so happy to visit with us, and he really was as furry as he looks.

I hope this little guy is still doing well; he really brightened our day!  Enjoy your Saturday.  Slainte, Lisa