Alfred and Mother live in Park Hills on a quiet cul-de-sac where they enjoy the finer things of life. Indeed enjoying the finer things of life is uppermost in their minds. The ways of the Holy Spirit are mysterious and He begins to intrude on their placid lives when the house next door becomes vacant and Alfred begins to record the events in a journal.
Friday, January 24, 2014
A Scottish Celebration
“Well Alfred,” said
Mother, looking at the sumptuous Scottish dinner laid out before them. “Our Scottish housekeeper Agnes Findlay has
done very well by us this evening. Look
what she has provided for dinner.”
Laid out on the
table before them were Scotch Eggs, Cock-a-Leekie Soup, Baked salmon with
terragon, Colcannon, Kale Salad, and for dessert Black Bun, that rich
traditional Scottish fruit cake.
“What a wonderful way to celebrate
our annual remembrance of that fine Scottish poet, Robbie Burns,” answered
Alfred, bowing his head and praying the old grace that Robbie prayed at a
dinner for the Earl of Selkirk centuries ago.
Some hae meat
and canna eat, Some have meat
and cannot eat,
And some wad
eat that want it, And some would
eat that have it not,.
But we hae
meat and we can eat, But we have
meat and we can eat.
Sae let the
Lord be thankit. So let the
Lord be thanked.
asked Mother, what do the words Ne Oblie
on your family crest mean?”
means, Do Not Forget,” said
Alfred. “The crest and our tartan tell
us that we are actually part of Clan Graham; that is the Grahams of Montrose,
our ancestral home. The Eighth Duke of
Montrose said, "the best of our traditions are contained in the ideals of
chivalry, bravery, and Christian service to our fellow man. Of all the Scottish
Clans Graham of Montrose is known for it loyalty and faithfulness.”
certainly describes you, Alfred,” said Mother with a big smile. “You have always been chivalrous and brave,
and your loyalty won my heart a long, long, time ago.”
you, Mother, have always been my Rose,” said Alfred breaking into that lilting
melody of the old Robbie Burns song,
O my Luv's like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luv's like the melodie
That’s sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie
So deep in luv am I:
And I will luv thee still, my
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
said Mother, actually blushing, “Whatever would I do without your love? With your love and support I have decided
that I will go to the Talliaferro family reunion. Thank you for being willing to go with
me. I couldn’t go without you.”
Mother will always be my beautiful Rose of Montrose,” replied Alfred.
The union of husband
and wife in heart, body, and mind is
intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort
given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is
God's will, for the procreation of children and their nurture
in the knowledge and love of the Lord.