I miss hearing the stories. The stories of when our parents and grandparents were young. How they worked hard on the farm, had to go to school through waist high snow drifts, how they cheered for the football team, how they met and fell in love, their hopes and dreams.
I have been working on recording our family histories and memories, and I realize how egocentric I was as a younger person. I could have heard hundreds of wonderful stories that would have made the people I love come to life in a whole new way in my mind. But I missed so many of them by not asking. The ones I do know and heard I treasure like little nuggets of gold.
So I am trying better now. To listen, to ask, to actually see the person I am talking to. To imagine their life through their eyes. And it has been wonderful.
Monasterboice, established 5th century, County Louth, Ireland
History is a story. A story of where we’ve been, lessons we’ve learned, both good and bad. History forgotten is time wasted. It sets people up for repeating mistakes over and over.
One of the best things about Ireland is the respect shown for the past. They don’t tear down the past, simply because it might be empty, falling apart, or what is considered to be culturally irrelevant by some. The celtic crosses, the monasteries, the abandoned cottages. They remain as a testament to what was, what was learned, where they have been. And gives an amazing sense of hope for the future. That the things of God remain, that no matter what man might say, God is alive and well in 2020 and forever.
Date formed: 1474 A.D., Donegal Castle Keep Stairs
Feet trod: Countless
Battles Waged: Unknown
Imaginations Kindled: As many as are willing
Dream a little today; it always makes my day better. 🙂 Slainte, Lisa
*For those interested in more history of the Donegal Castle, check this out:
540 Year Old Trip Stairs
The Trip Stairs
This amazing spiral stairway, built of stone, was designed to give the O’Donnell Chieftain a few strategic advantages during combat . . .
The steps areuneven and vary in height, to trip the unsuspecting assailant – hence their name!
The steps arenarrow, so potential invaders would have to ascend in single file, making it easier to overpower them.
The stairway turns clockwise going up. That gave the right-handedO’Donnells more leeway while sword-fighting defensively downwards. It also forced any potential invader to either sword-fight with his left hand, or awkwardly maneuver his sword around the stairwell’s solid central axis.
Found on http://www.ourdonegal.com/donegal-castle.html