I went on to say, "This must be a busy time for you, with Robbie Burns' Day and all." He answered, "yes, I have one this weekend and one the next." I said, "do you recite or pipe?" He smiled and answered, I do both."
It's very strange when you meet a kindred soul, randomly at a stop light, in the middle of the city, somewhere, anywhere and you have this elliptical conversation because you can both read each other's minds.
Here is the background. I had asked whether he were wearing the Campbell tartan - I didn't specify if it were regular, dress or hunting Campbell. He replied that it was the Gordon Tartan, not the Campbell and he also didn't specify - regular, hunting or dress Gordon or any other of the many variations of the pattern.
I was happy that I hadn't confused a Campbell with a MacDonald because of the ancient feud between the Campbells and the MacDonalds culminating in the massacre at Glencoe on Feb 13 1692 - it takes a long time for wounds to heal.
Here is an incredibly moving folk song about the tragedy. Robbie Burns day is January 25. This year it's on a Friday and there will be much piping in of the Haggis and recitations of Burns' poems. Celebrate where you can, when you can, life it too short to miss a beat!!
As you can see the weaves of the respective tartans are very similar. It's easy to make a mistake, if you haven't looked at a reference book in years. It's all in the details - sweat the small stuff and the rest will fall into place.
|My reference book - found!!|
Have a nostalgic day