An Irish man goes to the pub one day and orders three pints of Guinness. He takes sips from each glass until they are empty and asks the bartender for three more. The bartender says, ‘I can bring ya 3 more but wouldn’t you rather I bring them one at a time so they stay cold?”
‘Nah…’ the man says, ‘ I’d rather ya bring three at a time. Me and my two brothers used to meet at a pub and drink. Now one is in Australia, the other in Canada and I’m here. We agreed before we split up that we’d drink to each other’s honour this way.’
‘Well,’ says the bartender, ‘that’s a great sentiment. I’ll bring the 3 pints right away.’
As the days go by, the bartender and the regulars get accustomed to the tradition. One day the man comes in and orders only two pints. The pub gets quiet. Everyone figures something happened to one of the brothers. With a heavy heart, the bartender brings the two pints and says, ‘Here are your pints. Let me offer my sincerest condolences. Do ya mind me askin’ what happened?’
The man looks puzzled for a moment, and then starts laughing.
‘Oh, no! ‘Tis nothing like that. I’ve given up drinking for Lent!’
An Old Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
Happy St. Patricks’ Day
*with help from http://www.islandireland.com