Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Wake

Thanksgiving is solely an American phenomenon, so this is just another workday here, but there was a thankful gathering here recently - a friend of the family died after a long illness, and soon their home was filled with celebrants.

Yes, celebrants. That is the nature of an Irish wake, which I remember fondly from my own family, and which runs deep in the culture here. A whole community gathers at the home of the dead, to laugh, cry, drink -- sometimes too much -- and give thanks that we knew them. Everyone's culture has its own rituals, but this seems to me the right way to go.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Thank you for posting this...