January 25 is Robbie Burns Day, the day when people of Scottish descent and other merrymakers have parties and eat haggis.
Burns is best known for his ode to friendship called Auld Lang Syne: “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to min.” No, I have not forgotten how to spell.
Burns was into using the dialect of the day. He did not believe that the nobles should be admired; instead, he admired the common worker. This is one of the things that has made him a poet whose work has endured.
He also had many wise sayings like: “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an pain, For promisd joy!”
And, “O, wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us? It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An’ foolish notions.”
Yes, for all his philandering, Burns did leave us with songs and poetry worth remembering. I have had no luck buying haggis but I did find a recipe for simplified haggis. No need for a sheep’s stomach in this recipe. After checking around I found that Safeway has ground lamb and chicken livers so hopefully there will be simplified haggis at our house on Jan. 25.
Seniors Club news
The Seniors’ Club membership drive for 2023 is beginning. Anyone can be a member but only those over 50 are allowed to vote. Memberships cost $15. Although Deb does her best with getting grants, the meaning of the club is having people join in. If you haven’t already visited our club, please feel free to drop in on a Tuesday or Thursday to see what is going on. You will find us friendly.
Enjoying those Christmas lights
I would like to thank all those people who decorated their houses and trees with lights this season. I find it so uplifting to see those coloured lights. Our block is quite good with half the houses having lights. Perhaps next year some of the new arrivals will have some lights up. This is a dark time of year, so what better time to light up! While we have some Christmas lights on our house our main effort each year is to add another piece to our nativity scene. This year, Lorne made an ox.
Quote of the week
“I’m truly sorry man’s dominion, Has broken Nature’s social union” — Robert Burns
Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John