Yesterday my fellow Blue Star Mothers and I marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Danbury, Connecticut. On a float directly in front of us was St. Patrick himself standing next to the Blarney Stone. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab! Directly behind the Blue Star Mothers marched my fellow Toastmasters from Danbury, Ridgefield, and Bethel clubs. Try as I might, they would not allow me to flee to the float in front and kiss that stone. They insisted that I already talk too much! However, I did appreciate that they understood my priority–to march with the Blue Star Mothers and honor my daughter’s deployment to Iraq, and to honor all of our military men and women, present and veteran. I’ll catch up with the Blarney Stone next year!