When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: Madigan Muses

Madigan Muses: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
By Marilyn Madigan 


When Irish eyes are smiling.
Sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter.
You can hear the angels sing
When Irish hearts are happy.
All the world seems bright and gay.
What when Irish eyes are smiling.
Sure, they steal your heart away.

As we begin the New Year, this song has new meaning to me. During this time of COVID-19 precautions, we wear masks, we communicate so much with our eyes.

The first verse is, “There is a tear in your eye and I’m wondering why.”  We know why.

Our tears represent all those we have lost, and those who have suffered during this pandemic. The tears are also for the change in our normal routines and how we want to return to some type of normalcy. But let’s get back to When Irish Eyes Smiling.

There is hope in this new year with the vaccine. As we sing the chorus, “When Irish eyes are smiling, sure ‘tis like a morn in spring.” We look forward to the springtime, so that we can finish with “When Irish hearts are happy, all the world seems bright and gay.” 

Hopefully our world can have a new normal. Our masks will be able to come off and our smiles can be seen again. As we sing “For your smile is a part of the love in your heart,” it shows the love and concern for our fellow human beings.

With the new year and new leadership in our country, our smiles will make our world bright. Our laughter and smiles can be shared with all of our loved ones and friends.

Hoping in 2021 that our eyes will be smiling, we will be laughing and can see each other’s smiles again.

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