The Irish really got this right. Their expression of “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” captures one of the most fundamental truths I know. While most people (especially Americans) believe it’s the mouth that smiles, in truth, it’s the eyes.
My father was not a big smiler. He was a very old-world European, true gentleman in the finest sense of the word. Exceptionally dignified, almost like royalty. Yes, he smiled, but he was not a BIG smiler, if you know what I mean. He smiled from time to time.
But his eyes smiled. Always.
I had no doubt he loved me, just the way he looked at me.
I had the good fortune to work in Ireland over the course of 10 years, spent a lot of time there. It’s one of my all time favorite countries to work in. I love the Irish, especially their sense of humor and warmth. It’s the land “of a thousand welcomes”, that it is for sure.
On this St. Patrick’s Day, I salute the Irish!
May your eyes find many reasons to smile!