I wanna Linger

A little Longer

A little longer here with you


and as the years go by 

I look at you and sigh

This is goodnight but not goodbye


From time to time you might hear me singing this song quietly to myself. Its quiet rare when I do sing it because it means something important to me. It’s traditionally a camp song but we adapted it for the religious youth group in my church. We would have a few gatherings a year with everyone from the 4 corners area. These weekends were filled with friends, connection, exploration, good will, and good times. At the closing of the weekend we all 100+ of us would gather in a huge circle, hold hands and sing this song. Sounds churchy and corny right?  Hey at least it’s not Kumbaya! Well it had a little bit of a twist to it. On each Baroom we would take a step . Louder and louder we would sing closer and closer we would get. Then eventually we would be throwing ourselves into each other singing the song at the top of our lungs into someone finally collapsed and the 100 of us would come toppling down in a huge pile. Someone always walked away with a sprained wrist or a bruised rib. It was the perfect closing, and now it means a lot to me. I sing it when I truly will miss something, when the people the moments around me have meant the world to me. As the sun sets behind the hills on this last night in this class, I’m singing it now. 

Well here it is;  3 weeks have flown by and here we are on the last day of class. It boggles my mind how much has been crammed into these brief few weeks. I have been to  places where great atrocities have taken place, where people died and bled in the name of freedom. I have seen countless works of art in all forms of medium. I have seen plays, heard poetry, studied sculptures, got lost in paintings, and got carried away by all forms of fantastic music. Heck I have even been able to have prolonged conversations with world renown artists. Today I stopped in to visit Carol Cronin. With my limited art exposure she is easily one of my favorite artists. She has this wonderful way of capturing the energy of the sea and the sky. The waves seem alive and flowing, so full of life, something that could never be captured by a camera. This is one of the things me and her talked about. Talking about her artistic process and how artists who base their paintings off a picture are never able to capture the energy of the environment. We also talked about the importance of expressing yourself. It doesn’t matter if your good at painting, or at any art form, the importance is that you do something to express yourself. To try to capture the world around you and filter it through your own lens.

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We closed today with final presentations from each of the class members. These were fantastic cause you could tell by the subjects that each of us presented on as well as how our presentation styles mirrored our personalities. I have really gotten to know all these people and have become quite good friends with them. Adam and his hilarious sarcasm and political views that just make me shake my head and smile. Maria and her wonderful laugh sense of exploration and her beautiful view on the world. Josh my New Mexico brother with his boundless joy and hilarious jokes. Austin and his great attitude and just fantastic understanding of things around him. Suzie and her wonderful singing talents. Kevie and her wonderful laugh and care free Hawaiian attitude. Jazmin always the one I could count on to head out and have a great time, but also super sweet and observant of everything going around. It’s so hard to sum up these people in a single sentence, but its the best I can do. Regardless they are all truly amazing and It was great to see us all grow and change. I’m looking forward to calling these people my friends for a long time.

Marie focused her presentation on the wonderful evolution of architecture throughout the Irish Islands. She  Started with the beautifully crafted Gallarus Oratory, whose angles I still don’t comprehend. Finishing with the very modern Titanic Musuem and its amazing angles representing the bows of the titanic.

Suzie talked about the various forms of the poetic Gaelic language. She covered all the variations of the langauge and how closely related they were to each other. She also covered how the Language was being reclaimed by the Irish people and what they were doing to preserve it.

Adam, are always political expert, covered not only the fascinating political system of Ireland but the recent elections that took place. He expertly explained, in terms that I could understand which takes a lot, what caused the recent upturns in the political system. He also covered the various difference between Ireland’s and Americas political system and covered what he would do to improve the efficiency of these systems.

Austin gave a fantastic presentation about the differences between Irish food and american food. Not only did he talk about the food, but he went on to explain why these differences occur because of deep-rooted cultural differences. I really have to agree with him that Irish food is so much more amazing the junk we eat back home. My stomach will be very sad after returning home.

Kevie did a wonderful summary of  the Irish people and their strength in overcoming all the struggles throughout the troubles. From their ability to cope with the suppression by the English as well as their ability to fight for what they believed in. It was a great summary of everything we had learned.

Josh did an analytic comparison between the troubles and the civil rights movement here in america. He drew comparison between the two talking about what brought them together as a community and what drove them apart. He really connected with this personally and it was a wonderful to see how much he had taken away from this trip.

Finally Jazmin closed with a presentation also comparing the troubles to the civil rights movement from a very different perspective focusing on historical parallels.  She showed the various art works and murals that showed the strong connection between the Irish plight and those of the African american community.  The civil rights movement is what gave rise to the Irish equality movement.

The rest of the night was filled with merriment and laughter as we told stories, ate delicious food and reminisced on everything that had transpired over the past few weeks. It was the perfect end to this class. I know that this is goodnight, it’s definitely not goodbye.

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5 Responses to Linger

  1. Judith Coe says:

    Peter, I’ve enjoyed reading about all of the ways you’ve tried to more deeply connect with the people and the culture here. It’s been wonderful to witness your developing passion for Ireland, its people and beauty. Have a safe trip home to America!

  2. Nancy Costea says:

    Bravo! I wish you and all your classmates safe journeys home. I am picturing you today making your way (by bus?) back across the Republic of Ireland to Dublin and meeting up with the new friends you’ve made there. Enjoy your last night in Ireland, and talk to you soon!

  3. james upton says:

    I’m from Derry, Northern Ireland – and whoever wrote on Derry – and the City Cemetery- really got it wrong. I found the rest of the stuff superficial. Same as any tourist would garner. As for the forays into politics and Northern Ireland. Callow youth should be warned off. I thought the people had a nice trip, didn’t learn much, and returned to America stimulated, with a few credits to add to their course. Not one mention of the See of Armagh, the Ui Neill’s vigilant governance of the tuatha of Donegal and Derry – and the sheer dogs-bollox awkwardness of us all when we were invaded by the Brits.Those young people should have come thirty years ago. could have taken them to a petrol bomb and plastic bullet fiesta. Northern Ireland is lovely – but in the past, sometimes you had to take a hit – for every ten stones you threw, I think, – there was at least one plastic bullet in its way to you.

    • Peter Costea says:

      Thanks for the read James. I wrote this a few years ago for university as you so aptly put but I wouldn’t go as far to say it was a shallow endeavor. Ireland may be in my blood, but it’s not my country. The only view I can get of it is through the people I met and talked to, the articles read, the videos I watched, and my own explorations of the country. I was lucky enough to have an experience more immersive the most camera eyed shuffling tourists but I still wish for more. Of all the place I have been since, Ireland still remains one of my top choices to return to. There is so much history there that can’t be comprehended in a single day worth of learning. People have made livelihoods over the study of the Troubles and it’s roots, and many many more have lived it. I’ll never reach that point, but that won’t stop me from attempting my own observations and thoughts upon the conflict and history of that beautiful land. I may never see it as you James, but I’m not from Derry Northern Ireland now am I? I really appreciate your comment! Have a good one mate.

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