Now you may wonder why I’ve got a set of Rosary Beads as my “unexpected” photo challenge.. but there’s a story that only happened last week. I am going to Ireland earlier than expected. I’ll be spending St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) in Dublin’s fair city. I am over the moon about it. Most of you who regularly read my stuff will know that it is a life long dream to go to Ireland. My gran was born there and I know I won’t feel complete till I visit.
Well last week, after booking tickets (yes they are booked ) I had a thought that I should probably bring something of my Gargie’s (my gran) home to Ireland for her. Next day I was speaking to my sister on the phone and though I hadn’t mentioned my previous night’s thoughts to her, she suddenly said “Why don’t you bring Gargie’s rosary beads back to Ireland for her. Mmmmm okay.. so that would be the thing I could bring back then. She asked me if I had rose quartz ones and I told her no, I had a pink set and a green set. She asked if I was sure the pink ones weren’t rose quartz and though I was positive, I went into my bedroom to get both sets which hang over my dressing table.
I came out with them in hand, but annoyingly, another chain was caught up around them. As I spoke to her on the phone, trying to untangle the chain from the beads, I started to get impatient.. Then I stopped in my tracks. This wasn’t a chain, it was another set of rosary beads. Now why is this so UNEXPECTED? Well, I’ve never seen these rosary beads in my life. If they’d been in a jewellery box, I’d say they must have been there all along and I’d just never noticed them but no.. These were hanging on my dressing table. I am the only person who could have put them there and I’ve never seen them before.
I was a bit shaken by this time, then my sister told me that years ago, Gargie had a set of rosary beads that were sent to her by her sister ( a catholic nun) from Ireland after she had been to Italy. By all accounts they had been blessed by the pope. I don’t remember anything of this. When I took a photo to show my sister, I had to blow it up bigger to see that they were actually made in Italy. Okay.. so now I’m more than shaken, I’m a bit freaked.
Anyway, the unexpected mystery remains. I still have no “earthly” idea how they got hung up on my dressing table or who by. But I do know this.,… they are coming to Ireland with me. I’m sure they are a message from my feisty Irish grandmother and I’m positive that when I get to Ireland, she’ll find a way of letting me know what she wants me to do with them.
Happy days ahead…. Livvy 🙂