I had no idea! I’m so ashamed! A chance to wear one of my tartan ties and I missed it! Ach, the shame of it! I guess President Bush was informed of it (or some underling buried in the White House basement was), for he (or that underling) wrote, “Through hard work, firm values, and strong faith, Scottish Americans have made our country a better place. We are grateful for the role they have played in defending and renewing the ideals we cherish.” Why thank you, Mr. President! Nice to get some recognition for us Scottish-Americans (does that make me a minority, too? Do I get special rights now by using that hyphen?).
   So here’s a tartan…in fact, I just got my tartan tie in this particular tartan after I saw a minister friend of mine in the UK wearing it when he attended my Da Vinci Code presentation in London. Wore it for the first time Sunday at PRBC in fact. Makes me want to quote Burns,

O Scotia! my dear, my native soil!
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent,
Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content!
And O! may Heaven their simple lives prevent
From luxury’s contagion, weak and vile!
Then howe’er crowns and coronets be rent,
A virtuous populace may rise the while,
And stand a wall of fire around their much-lov’d isle.
O Thou! who pour’d the patriotic tide,
That stream’d thro’ Wallace’s undaunted heart,
Who dar’d to nobly stem tyrannic pride,
Or nobly die, the second glorious part:
(The patriot’s God peculiarly thou art,
His friend, inspirer, guardian, and reward!)
O never, never Scotia’s realm desert;
But still the patriot, and the patriot-bard
In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard!

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