Issue 255 — The Paregien Journal — April 16, 2012
My Song, “Ireland Is Your Land”
by Stan Paregien Sr.
Our verbal family tradition has always been that my great-great grandfather, Jacob Mac Paregien, left his home in northern Ireland and came to America as a stowaway on a ship.
Verbal traditions can get a little twisted in the telling from generation to generation. In our case, Jacob Mac Paregien was actually born in Kentucky, here in the good ol’ USA, in 1813. And what we do know for sure, is that about 1880 he answered the questions for the U.S. Census by saying that his mother had come from South Carolina and his father had come from northern Ireland.
So, even though I still have not been able to find a document related to any “Paregien” in Ireland, I have really wanted to go there and see the country for myself. The chances are very good that, since he lived in northern Ireland, he probably sailed from the port of Derry (also called Londonderry).
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Ireland and looking at hundreds of photos of that beautiful and ancient country. That moved me to write a new song, one which I’ve titled “Ireland Is Your Land.” It should be sung to the tune of my fellow Oklahoman Woody Guthrie’s classic song, “This Land Is Your Land.”
Also, Peggy and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary in May. Wow, 50 years. That’s a lot of years and a lot of happiness, thanks to my lovely sweetheart. Anyway, I designed a greeting card for us to use this year that looks like this:
Well, last Saturday Peggy and I joined a bunch of other workers—from teenagers to . . . well, to us old . . . I mean, us more mature folks—in doing some cleanup work for Cross & Crown Mission in the heart of Oklahoma City. Somehow they were given an old, former public school building and the property on which it sits. It has some 40,000 square feet of space (4 floors at 10,000 square feet each).
The building is massive and, if it can be updated and used, it will take a massive amount of money. But, hey, stranger things have happened when folks leave room for the Lord to operate.
This next sign has nothing to do with the Cross & Crown Mission, we spotted it at another mission church in the same area:
Hope your week is going well. Here in Edmond America we barely dodged tornadoes on two successive nights. So I guarantee you Peggy and I are doing mighty fine.