Today my dears, is National Tartan Day. Yes, yes–that’s what I said.
So you know, a tartan is the plaid, woven cloth that Scottish kilts are made out of. In the old days Scottish families were distinguished by the different tartans they wore. The richer you were, or the more “noble” your family line–the more colors you were allowed to use in your family cloth.
For those of us with a fair bit of Scottish in our blood–we’ll take any excuse to share some lovely pictures—especially when my cute little daddy is in them.
Here are the two Scotties themselves–“Uncle Joe Johnston,” who really wasn’t our uncle at all–but a beloved adopted cousin, and my dad at the family reunion long, long ago. The green kilt is the Johnston tartan–our family plaid, and the red one is the Royal Stewart tartan–one of the most popular plaids.
Here is the cute guy competing in the Scottish Caber Toss. It’s a real simple sport where all you have to do is take a log the size of a telephone pole–almost–and toss it so that it falls end over end.
But with or without a kilt, I’m certainly not doing it.
Happy Tartan day.
or kiss a Scotsman.