I met an Irishman today. He was an environmental health and safety worker, giving out to someone in the room next door, and my ears perked up to his Dublin accent right away. I couldn’t help but interrupt their conversation, watching as his gruff demeanor melted away when he started telling stories about “the old days” back in Eire.
Ever since meeting Frank, I find myself responding warmly every time I hear the lyrical (usually!) tones of a Paddy. Around here, it might be a coworker, or student, a restaurant server or a tourist. And even though we’ve moved back to the USA for now, whenever I meet an Irishman (or cailin), it feels a little bit like home.
Isn’t that funny? I’m American, through and through, have lived in three very different parts of the country over the last 30+ years, I’m loyal to baseball, bluegrass, peanut butter and I Love Lucy, yet… Ireland’s got me, too. It’s sort of like being accepted into a family – standing on the sidelines, shyly observing, and then a gregarious auntie or uncle comes along, throws their arms around you and drags you into the room, and before you know it, you’re singing tipsy karaoke and offering to wash the dishes. That’s Ireland to me. My adopted family, the lot of them. My heart bleeds green, white and orange every bit as much as red, white and blue.
This is why the short, One Day in December, and the eventual feature, Ten Days in December, are so so dear to me. These films are going to tell my story, our story, of our Ireland. A modern Ireland. A lovely Ireland. A hard Ireland. I want to open up the photo book of my heart and let this beautiful, romantic true tale unfold before you.
I think Frank said it before – if we do not raise the funds for “One Day…” we are not giving up. This is the story of our lives, quite literally, and we have every intention of seeing it through. But if we can make it this January, with the help of our friends and “fans,” that would be brilliant. If not, we’ll work to develop the feature script and no one will be out a penny (until the next campaign!).
Thanks, everybody, for supporting us thus far – 61 backers and $4,679! We’ve got one more week to go! Keep your eyes on the Kickstarter, and on our lovely, talented, amazing actors (who we are kind of falling for ourselves!), and we’ll get there!