May Luck Always Find You
My sister-in-law LMM always sends us a St. Patricks Day card. Every year. Without fail. For her, it is a special day. An Irish day, to celebrate her Irish genes.
She is the sibling who researched MTM’s ties to an Irish revolutionary. Thomas Francis Meagher. Transported to Australia for his offenses. Hellion that he was, he misbehaved Down Under and was shipped to the wilds of Tasmania for the balance of his life.
Only, he didn’t like Tassie much. One dark night, Thomas Francis Meagher slipped into the hold of a ship and escaped that dreaded island. Never to return.
Not a small personality, he turned up in the United States and fought for the Union army in the American Civil War, before he became the territorial governor of Montana. Meagher County is named for him. Probably because he enjoyed his booze a little too much one night and fell off the back of a steamboat in the Missouri River, never to be seen again.
We’re not sure whether old Thomas Francis Meagher was related to MTM, but we like to think he was. Because, when we visited Tasmania on our honeymoon in 2004, we found a slender book in the shop at Port Arthur Penal Colony.
We bought it for MTM’s sister LMM. If we didn’t get her St. Patrick’s Day card in the mail, I don’t think we would have any luck at all. And, it was all kinds of luck to find that book.
May luck always find you, Dear Reader. This year, and always.