Friday, October 31, 2008

Arching an eyebrow at family legacies

It's been a hell of a week. Tomorrow, in my region's largest city, which with a population of around 50,000 is really just a big town, there is going to be a Celtic Fest. It's something I usually enjoy. There's modern and traditional Celtic music, crafts, a caber toss, Irish dancers, lots of booths with clan memorabilia, and food -- more of the corn dog and funnel cake variety than haggis or parritch (hey, this is the South). However, all I can think of are three of the mottos of the Scottish clans from which my family descended. One is "Per Virtutem et Scientemque" -- By virtue and knowledge. Goodness knows, I've strived for both, but I just won't comment on the success of either effort. Another is "Jamais Arriere" -- Never Behind. Hmph, well, that one's obviously not working for me. The final is "Disce Pati" -- Learn to endure. That lesson keeps going on and on and on and on.

clan mottoes


Blogger Gannet Girl said...

Guess Disce Pai goes over my front door. And every door in the house.

November 01, 2008 8:20 AM  
Blogger Gannet Girl said...

Oh, honestly.

Disce PaTi.

November 01, 2008 8:22 AM  
Blogger gigi said...

I love Celtic fests! What with all the ale and haggis and all (although I'm pretty sure haggis has gone the way of smoking in California; it is now a felony).

At least your family mottos are much more dignified than mine; "Jamais ivre, jamias trop sobre"--Never drunk, never excessively sober, and "Si on se fait repérer, il faut fuir"--If we are spotted, we must flee.

Ours is not a noble background.

November 01, 2008 10:56 PM  

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