a piece of ireland.

I mentioned in my last post that I'd gifted Gabriel one square foot of land in Ireland. Jigga-what-what?, you all said.

Gabriel and I met because of Ireland (technically, we hopped on a plane together in Boston, then headed to Ireland...details, details), and it's all a bit of a long story. But, I've been told it's a good one. So, in honor of Valentine's Day, I'm hoping to relate our little love story next Monday. Perhaps you've been reading long enough that you already know. Perhaps you'll enjoy. Perhaps you'll vomit. Either way, I'm writin' it so come prepared.

Anyway, we have a special place in our hearts for Ireland and often ogle little Irish cottages we dream of owning. Of course I cannot buy the man a cottage...but I could buy him a little land, right? So I started digging. As it turns out, there are tons of places that offer novelty land for sale by the foot, for $35-$50. You own the land for 20 years, and clearly cannot do much with it...but they do welcome you to visit it. I selected this one, simply because it was the closest to the city that stole our hearts and our first kiss. Two weeks later, they sent me a map showing the exact location of our foot of land, a legal certificate, lots of photos and the history of the location.

It's like owning a star...only you can visit it. It's equally ridiculous, but a touch more earth-bound.

He loved it--and I don't think he was lying, because he got rather teary, after telling me how perfect it was, and then carefully packed the framed certificate away in his bulging bag to take to Iraq. But he'd never admit to the teary-eyed appreciation, I'm sure. (Or maybe the tears were disappointment? Preparing for years of cheesy gifts? Hmm.)

Happy Wednesday. :)


  1. that's so sweet - and what a thoughtful gift to give. i had no idea you could do that. won't it be so special if you go there in the future together and visit it?! photos and blogging must accompany that!

    i absolutely cannot wait to hear the love story. when i first ventured over here to your lovely blog, i tried to go back and learn your history [ :) stalker ] but i was confused and so i'm excited to hear it from scratch!

  2. I love this! The reason I love it is because it's so personal to the two of you. It's close to your first memories together and it sounds like the perfect charming little piece of land for the two of you to go and visit in 5, 10, and 20 years from now. :)

  3. Love it! A piece of {your} Ireland is the perfect gift!

  4. I've been reading long enough to know the story but cannot wait to hear it again! I'm a sucker for a good love story and since my man will be headed back to Cleveland on V-Day, I'm all for a little love :-)

    As for the gift of Ireland land - LOVE IT!! Such a thoughtful & romantic gift. He's lucky to have you, sweet girl.

  5. I cannot wait to hear this story!

    And I think that's ridiculously cute.

  6. I love your little love story. Can't wait to hear it again on Valentine's Day!

  7. So beautiful, and creative. How like you! :)

  8. Seriously, who thinks of that idea? It's so much better than a star and I just love it. In fact, it might make an amazing gift for my grandmom. And you know I'm one of the biggest fans of your romantical story. I can't wait to read it again.

  9. I just got teary reading that. What a sap! I LOVE the idea. Fantastic to have the certificate framed. I'd even go for framing the map.

  10. what a sweet and unique gift. thanks for filling us in on how it works and i for one can't wait for the story of how you 2 hooked up. xox

  11. What a fantastic idea Bethany, I had never heard of such a thing and a million times better than owning a star!

    I can't wait to read your written post about the romance on Monday, I think I said before, your story reminds me of the stuff of my favourite novels!

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend dear.

  12. so sweet! i always thought the star thing was such a scam...but this, this is so adorable and romantic. i love how meaningful it is b/c it's near your kissy spot. so anxious for today's post. your writing always leaves my heart fluttering. :)


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