Sunday, January 21, 2007

A Leary Voice


Back in my home town there was an Irish Catholic family known as the Leary family. They lived on the poor side of town in a small three bedroom, one bathroom house, and I do mean small. There were six children, four boys and two girls all with curly blond hair. They had a distinct look about them; a very typical Irish Catholic look, but they all resembled one another so much it looked as though they were clones.

Most of the Leary boys were in their late teens and early 20s in 1979. Yes, still living at home in their 20s.

By the way, do you why they are sure that Jesus was Irish? He was 33 years old, still lived with his mother, didn’t have a job and thought he was God.

I drove past the Leary's house several times a day back when the Iran Hostage Crisis was in full bloom. Every evening the Leary boys would paint a sign that simply stated “Iran Sucks” and they’d hang it on a utility pole across from their house. Every day the utility company would come and remove the sign. Each night they would paint a new sign and hang it, and the next day it would be taken down again. This went on for the entire 444 days of the hostage crisis.

The hostages were released on January 20, 1981. I drove by the next day and there was no sign to be seen. However on the following day I drove by and saw a simple sign on the utility pole that read, “Iran Still Sucks.”

7 Comments:

Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Update: My nephew just read this article and wrote me that the entire family still lives in that house. They sit on their porch drinking beer and they paint the stripes in the road green every St. Patrick's day. Two of the kids are older than me. I'm 51. Imagine, six adult children and two parents still in the three small bedroom house with one bathroom. All I can say is "Holy Shit!"

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Guy, your humor is at the cutting edge. At least, no frog jokes. Up here, the Noofs bear the brunt of our Polish jokes. Can't wait to use the "Jesus is Irish" quip.
For the sake of fairness, what might your nationality be - assuming no hanky panky in the woodpile?

10:24 AM  
Blogger lori hahn said...

That's a Semper Fi family - always faithful to what they believe. Pretty funny stuff.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

I love it. I am going to tell McHubby that Jesus one today.

I love families with personality. Makes the landscape so much more interesting for the rest of us.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

There's gotta be something very wrong with that family. The one bathroom/eight adults thing should have prompted someone to leave...

The Jesus is Irish thing is so bad it's good...

6:07 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Moosehead, Ahem...Irish, Russian, Ahem... Polish, Austrian and German.

Lori, they do curse and drink like Marines, but have little discipline.

Mo3, did Mc Slave totally give up writing these days. Is it the upcoming St Paddy's day keeping him from his blog duties?

Beth, if you grow up in that environment and never see the outside world it all seems normal. I wouldn't doubt they've got a hole dug out back for emergencies. They might even have a hole in the couch on their front porch.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Boo7 said...

Some might say that family's got moxie for their sign persistance!!

As for the living together persistance...eeeeeeeegads how very odd!!

**waving at Guy**
....I'm still around...just have not had reliable internet access for the past 5 days...but thanks for the concern....yer a sweet guy Guy!!

9:58 PM  

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