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The Day the Robin Kills the Wren — Out With the Old Year, in With the New

























The wren — an dreolín in the Irish language — is lauded in song as the King of the Birds (at least in Ireland). Its majesty was celebrated in small pockets around the globe last week.

I took part in one such festivity on December 26th. We painted our faces and tied barley straw into costumes, with headdresses to mask our identities (though the wrens with which we adorned ourselves were fake, not the real thing).

The way and reason that the bird is celebrated is one of those overlaps between pagan and Christian traditions. In the modern telling, St. Stephen, generally considered the first Christian martyr, was betrayed as he hid in the bushes by a wee wren on the head of a drum. (Lá an Dreolín — Wren’s Day — is celebrated on St. Stephen’s Day and used to involve killing a live wren.)

The more traditional story is that the robin — the bird of spring and of the New Year — kills the wren, the keeper of winter and the old year.

It is this story that has had me thinking of late.

Farewell and Good Riddance to 2016

2016 was not what I would call the best of years.

My multiple sclerosis (MS) took a pretty bad turn, and in fact, I can safely say that 2016 was the worst my condition had been since my diagnosis in 2001.

It was my 50th year, and we did try to mark the occasion well. However, I saw far more friends and acquaintances die this past year than I have in any other.

That, I suppose, could be related to advancing age.

The year also saw tumult over European Union membership and a refugee crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen since the run-up to World War II. It also witnessed a presidential campaign in America that looked more like a childish sandlot brawl.

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