Kissing the Blarney Stone

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Ireland. While I was there, I made sure to visit Blarney Castle and make my way up the tower to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that anyone who kisses the stone will receive the gift of eloquent speech. The word Blarney was described by Irish politician, John O’Connor Power, as “flattery sweetened by humor and flavored by wit“. It’s also called the gift of gab. To be honest, I had the gift of gab long before kissing the Blarney Stone, but it took me many years of experience to realize the power our words can have on others.

As educators, the main tools of the trade are our words. We use words to teach our students, communicate with our parents, and collaborate with one another. Our words inspire children to reach their dreams and find their own words. With social media, our words are no longer confined to our classroom or school, but can be shared with educators around the world. That’s a lot of power to be able to tell our story and share our beliefs about education. Like all tools, we must be careful in the way we use our words.

With our words, we have the power to lift people up or knock them down. We have the power to build relationships or cause a rift. We have the power to spread the positives or echo the negatives. Our words have an impact on our attitudes and our students. I’m not suggesting that we all need to make a trek to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone, but I do feel that we all need to choose our words carefully as educators. Our words can help make a student’s or colleague’s day a little brighter, if we chose them wisely!




It’s a lot of work to kiss the Blarney Stone! (yes, that’s me:)


Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” – William Butler Yeats

We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” – Winston Churchill

Being Irish, I always had a love of words.” – Kenneth Branagh




Kathleen Trantham                        Nan Kaufman


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