On the evening of 25 October the members of the ESU of Estonia visited the residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by Mr. Peter McIvor, the Ambassador, who was enthusiastic about meeting new people, and his charming wife, who kept the conversations going on and on, making sure her guests were not bored. When the last person arrived, the doors closed and we all took a seat around a big table. Mr. McIvor stood at the dais and gave us a wonderful speech about himself as a child and Ireland in general. Mr. Ambassador gave us two sets of copies with poems and colorful pictures of places he had visited in his childhood. The story Mr. McIvor told us was nicely illustrated with some interesting pictures and poems he had picked out. The story ended with a poem, written by Mr. McIvor himself. I think everyone in the room was surprised when he read it out loud for us.
by Peter McIvor
Was I touched by the colors of my childhood?
Autumn on the hills behind the school;
The waterfall in winter, frozen in mid-fall
And cold as steel, like the heart on return
After Christmas. Then pockets of bluebells
Below the Dog’s Grave path; the brighter blues
Of summer promising release, until September
Would bring the cycle round again.
Oh, I was touched all right. Yet, what I remember best
Is the bare cyclorama after the opera,
Footlights turned off, house-lights turned on;
Car-lights ‘stabbing the blackness’ on the coast.
And me, just begging to see what separates,
Wish from fulfillment: trusting still
Childhood’s colors to confirm themselves
Brighter and brighter as the terms passed by
We applauded Mr. McIvor for the wonderful story he shared with us and for all the time and effort he put into preparing this evening for us. Later on we were moved into the other room to try out some of the delicious dishes being served; there was a variety of flavors to choose from so no one was left unsatisfied. The biggest surprise was a dessert cooked by Mrs. McIvor herself. It was very delicious! All of the guests sat at the table, ate and chatted with one another. Mr. McIvor and his wife were at the center of every conversation and made us feel at home. The evening ended with us taking some pictures together and saying thank you once again for giving us such a warm welcome. I’m sure all the guests had a great time and would love to come see Mr. and Mrs. McIvor again!
Kathrin Frei, ESU of Estonia