During the potato famine my "whole bunch of greats" Grandpa Hamilton settled to Canada from Ireland. His brother had arrived across the River in Dunrobin before him but once he arrived the story goes that he couldn't settle near there and opted for the Quebec side.
That 50 acre lot that he built a sod shanty on and married on is still in the family today. The original house that they built after the sod shanty is now inhabited by my brother. After they had children they passed that house down to the oldest son and built a retirement home right across the road, which is now my home.
Years after my Grandpa (Hillis) Hamilton was born on March 17, 1919. When he was born he had so much hair that the nurses tied a green ribbon in it. To keep that tradition alive every year I tie a green ribbon in my hair.
Ryan on his birthday last year.
Happy Birthday Ryan and Happy St.Patricks Day to everyone!
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!