from Sheila Connolly's County Cork Mysteries
You know I’ve only been in Leap in Ireland for about a year now, and I had a lot of adjusting to do. I went from a cheap apartment in Boston and a dead-end job (the latest of many) to living in Ireland and owning a pub (which before I would have called a bar) and a home of my own, almost overnight. You can see why it took me a while to figure out which end was up. Now I like it.
But if I thought I had things figured out, I was wrong. Ireland is not a pretty picture book full of rainbows and fields of fluffy sheep. It is a real country, and like most modern countries, it changes with the times. Sure, some things stay the same, and it’s still beautiful, with a lot of green space (and cows). The people are great—they were really welcoming when I showed up out of nowhere. And the pace of life here is kind of slower than in the States, particularly in cities like Boston, which was all I knew. I know there’s big business around Cork, like pharmaceuticals and electronics, but drive a few miles and you’re in open country again. It takes getting used to.
But things don’t say the same, and that’s true even in my little village. For one thing, some big company has bought the grand old hotel outside of Skibbereen, and they want to know if I’d like to partner with them—kind of provide a “real” music experience for their guests. I’ll have to think about that, because I’ve only just figured out how things work as they are, and I don’t want to change anything just to be a tourist attraction. Then there’s Rose, who’s seventeen now, and who deserves a better life than handing out drinks. She’s beginning to look around at other things, and I think she really wants to be a chef, if that’s not too fancy a word. I’d hate to lose her, but I want her to have the life she deserves. And then there’s Mick . . . Things are kind of changing between us, but I’m not sure how or why. I don’t want to deal with a relationship right now, and I’m not sure he does either, but something’s going on with us. I guess if it happens, it happens.
I have to say that all these changes have been good for me. I’m not the confused (and I guess angry) person I was when I got here, and I figure I can handle whatever comes next.
|Inside the pub|
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