My daughter and I recently visited The Four Aces Diner in Lebanon, NH. The food was fabulous and the atmosphere so inviting and nostalgic. I ordered what was called Irish Breakfast, although it seemed very much like an English breakfast as well, with its baked beans and bubble & squeak, not to mention the English muffin. But since the two countries are in close proximity, it seems reasonable that the two would adopt some of each other’s foods and customs.
I’ve also been reading from the book of Genesis and the beginnings of mankind, and I find it fascinating and disturbing how quickly relatives can form separate groups and even become enemies. After all, we all came from Adam and Eve and Noah and his family. We are all actually blood related and yet most of us are strangers, and some of us are even enemies. What causes us to become so? Physical separation due to moving or spreading out, a lack of staying connected by visiting and communicating, disagreements and fights, differences and indifference, until eventually, we don’t know each other or even about each other.
Do you ever feel drawn to people who share a common heritage or nationality or even spirituality? I do. My ears perk up when I hear Japanese, even though I can speak only a few words and phrases, or on the rare occasion I find that someone is Okinawan or a Christian. I also feel a sense of connectedness to the French, Irish, and American Indian as well, because I am a part of them. But when it comes right down to it, I’m a part of you, too! Hello, cousin!