Friday, 28 March 2008

Hey there, look at you, Georgie Girl !!

Thanks to all who sent kind thoughts over the past wee bit.

You can see ma maw in sex-kitten mode together with a not-yet-fully-erupted Boldscot.
Before that, you can see her admiring the flowers sent by LavvyBloo while in hospital.

Nearly fifty years between the photos doesn't diminish the sparkle in the eye and that strength of character for which she was well known.
Can't invite you all to The Funreal on Monday but I know some of you will be there, virtually, in support of a great woman who believed, even till the end, we are all 'One of Jock Tamson's bairns'.

As Rabbie said and Paolo sings :

Is there for honest poverty
That hangs his head, an' a' that
The coward slave, we pass him by
We dare be poor for a' that
For a' that, an' a' that
The rank is but the guinea's stamp
The man's the gowd for a' that
What though on hamely fare we dine
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine
A man's a man, for a' that
For a' that, an' a' that
Their tinsel show an' a' that
The honest man, though e'er sae poor
Is king o' men for a' that
Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord
Wha struts an' stares an' a' that
Tho' hundreds worship at his word
He's but a coof for a' that
For a' that, an' a' that
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that
A prince can mak' a belted knight
A marquise, duke, an' a' that
But an honest man's aboon his might
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that
For a' that an' a' that
Their dignities an' a' that
The pith o' sense an' pride o' worth
Are higher rank that a' that
Then let us pray that come it may
(as come it will for a' that)
That sense and worth, o'er a' the earth
Shall bear the gree an' a' that
For a' that an' a' that
It's coming yet for a' that
That man to man, the world o'er
Shall brithers be for a' that


zola a social thing said...

Courage, honesty and love is not lost with you lot.
Forte, non Superbe.
May I try to say no more than I will wake on Monday and sing a song with and for you all.
Best wishes mate.

Merkin said...

Champion, big man.
Thank you.

Merkin said...

Could Zo-Zo translate that into Finnish?
Easy into Russian coz that was a Leninist song.
Impossible into Polish coz they hated them so much.
Still good words.

trousers said...

Wonderful post, wonderful photos, and I can only concur with zola's sentiments. Best wishes from me, my thoughts will be with you and yours tomorrow.

Thanks for posting this, and more strength to you.

butwhatif said...

Thinking of you, Merkin.


szwagier said...

Can't do more than sign my name to the sentiments already expressed.

Nell said...

Thinking about you, Merkin.

nmj said...

merk, am so sorry about your mum. x

Merkin said...

Thanks very much guys.
The realfun was yesterday and went off very well.
Probably more to follow.

Anonymous said...

Only got the chance to meet Your Mom when I was home last time, but she was a lovely person and I wear the kilt pin she bought me on my kilt, I know my Mom misses her terrible, they had a very dear relationship.
KAren green (Mississippi)

Ashley Ladd said...

Hugs. She was beautiful.

Merkin said...

Thanks for poppin' in Ashley.
Not the last time, I hope.

Karen, nice to hear from you all the way from Mississippi.
The funeral went well and I will give a DVD to your mother ASAP.
We had these 'boys' supporting the funeral cortege when it left - together with the piper.
Your mother's friendship gave an extra few years of 'quality of life' to my mum, after my father died, and we are all gratefull for that.

Stef said...

thinking of you too



Merkin said...

Thanx Stef, she fought the good fight, same as you.
She was aware of Your Work and appreciated it, very much.
Here, sort of, is a little bit from the obituary :
'woe betide any complacent politician if she was in the front row'.
She got stuck in to these bastards.
Way to go.

Pixie said...

take care hon now the difficult bit of getting over your grief starts.

zola a social thing said...

"Way to go" Merkin?
Perhaps that is one way to continue.
Give us more we need the likes of you.