Growing up the big party on the block was Molly and Jerry O'Riordan's St. Patrick's Day party.
And I was lucky enough to live next door! You could always count on corn beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots! You new when Molly had started cooking, the whole block smelled of cabbage!
And you could count on Mrs. Kelley bringing her chocolate brownies wrapped in wax paper with a rubber band around them, and Mr. Kelley bringing his squeeze box!
Dinner over the men would move the dining room table aside, and roll up the dining room rug.....
Jerry with his fiddle and Mr. Kelley with the squeeze box and the dancing would start.....so much fun as a young girl to dance and stomp your feet on the floor......we would dance until well after bedtime.....you knew the evening was coming to an end when the adults started singing Danny Boy.
My Mom and Dad retired and moved after living next door to Molly and Jerry for 30 years! Jerry and Mr. Kelley passed away many years ago.
Molly is 88 years old now and not doing too much dancing.
I have such fond memories of St. Patrick's Day, thanks to Molly and Jerry!
The McKinley's always have corn beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots on St. Patrick's Day.
And we always have music that we can do a little jig to!