The princess and the piper

13 Dec 2020
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A princess came to visit our school. A real one. A kind one. A smiley one. And my son was honoured to play pipes to welcome her in, and then to say farewell. 

Having been seven long months since he’d last worn his full dress kilt, there was such a lot of laughter as my son and I made sure everything still fitted! He knelt on the floor and the kilt just skiffed the ground - perfect. The ghillie brogues were polished to dazzle-scale eleven. The shirt was checked for fit. It’s the one with a ‘P’ written on the label - this is so we keep it separate, renew it regularly, and it is the only one worn for pipes events. The jacket and waistcoat were checked for stray fluff, and buttons tested for security. Long woollen socks came out a brand-new packet. The flashes were pressed underneath a cloth so they would be flat and not shine. It brings me a pedant’s frown to see a glengarry with crumpled ribbons, so I pressed, reapplied a little clear nail varnish to the ends to prevent fraying, and laid them inside the hat to keep them pristine. 

 

Life is harsh for all this year. I have wept hot tears at times. The princess’s visit brought me great joy in my role of preparations, great pride for my son and a rainbow of emotion to many. I will treasure these little nuggets of order and solidity which remind me that good times happened and will again. 

 

Believe. It will come. 

 

Love from

The room above the garage

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Molly

Dec. 13, 2020, 1:19 a.m.

Hi RATG Well they might come for some of us, but not here. Not for all of us unfortunately. It’s pleasing to read your experience with your son and the joy you felt. Those special moments are priceless and can be put in the memory box forever. Wipe those tears RATG, you are doing great. Love Molly xx

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Just some guy you know

Dec. 13, 2020, 7:23 a.m.

Lovely! And as someone who struggles with feeling emotion, it was lovely to hear the justifiable pride in your writing!

The Gardener

Dec. 13, 2020, 12:08 p.m.

Molly, I am making a huge effort to give pleasure to other people, help my teen-age neighbour. You live near the sea, I think, I would love to, never afford it. I challenge you to find something good this coming week.

the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:28 p.m.

Hello Molly, if not good times then at least more solid times will come, even if that is just in the form of things opening up again, in the slow way it will come. I don’t cry often, because there’s no time, and you’re encouragement has made me smile broadly. Thank you Angel Mol x

the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:29 p.m.

Just some guy, wow, brilliant, and thank you!

the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

TG you’re very caring, always finding the one who needs extra and filling the gap. X

Molly

Dec. 13, 2020, 4:12 p.m.

Gardener, you sound more perky, which is good. I do live by the sea yes. It’s nice to know it’s there but we are both practically housebound. Therefore RATG (love being called Angel Mol!) things opening, won’t make any difference to us! Thanks both xx

Sally

Dec. 13, 2020, 7:53 a.m.

Good morning, Room! Joy to read, the minute detail so well put it was visual. I want to see a fully fledged kilt wearer now, with the ghillie brogues shiny and the flashes. All new words in this context to me. My knowledge of Scotland is quite limited. And you are absolutely spot on : the anticipation and preparation for such a event is memorable and as important as the event itself. It will be remembered. Than you for writing this very nice blog for Moodscope this morning. It’s already greatly enhanced a wet, grey, dark morning in the North West of England . Go well. Shine on. Xx

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AndrewH

Dec. 13, 2020, 8:31 a.m.

Hi RATG As I am of predominantly Scottish ancestry, but two generations removed, I have a long time ago worn the full dress a couple of times at family occasions. I can completely picture what your son looked like and appreciate your attention to detail. I hope he enjoyed his experience and will treasure the memory. Andrew

the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:31 p.m.

Hello Sally, very wet here too! Soup making now...tis the only way! Love ratg x

the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:32 p.m.

Hello Andrew, in the beginning it feels like you’re never going to know which piece goes where and how...once learned once, I don’t think it’s ever forgotten! Haste ye back, love ratg x

Molly

Dec. 13, 2020, 4:19 p.m.

Also wet, dark and miserable here, has been all day :-( does make one feel a tad better on a brighter day doesn’t it xx

AndrewH

Dec. 13, 2020, 4:31 p.m.

Hello RATG My Grandmothers were both Scots and very practiced at dressing their menfolk. The one time I had to wear the full dress after they'd both gone it was a nightmare! Sadly I've not made it up to Scotland since 2017 but tried to make up for it by watching Susan Calman's series. Andrew

Sally

Dec. 13, 2020, 8:13 a.m.

P.s. love the title too!

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the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:32 p.m.

:-)

Mary Wednesday

Dec. 13, 2020, 8:48 a.m.

I love this post. What a glorious event for your son and a warm and wonderful glow of pride. I am grateful for this reminder that good days will come again, while I remain locked in my grey tower, like Rapunzel - but with short hair... My blog this week will be on the grey and the absent, but I am holding onto hope. Thank you for this lovely, lovely post.

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The Gardener

Dec. 13, 2020, 11:55 a.m.

Mary, I am being determinedly positive - forewarned, I will not open Moodscope on Wednesday - I have avoided Covid - I am not going to get the depression 'bug'. Hoping for relaxation of rules Wednesday, people for Christmas drink.

Ach UK

Dec. 13, 2020, 12:03 p.m.

Is the hairdresser allowed in Mary ? Would hair extensions help? ;--)) Or shall I get into my yellow and greys and thunder along the motorway with the high ladder and turntable. Hugx Mary, sorry if humour is too much. Thinking of you Keep safe and store/ration your energies. XX Ach.

the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:34 p.m.

Hello Mary, I’m glad it helped. Cling tight, take support, rest and then rest more. You have done this before and you can do it again. It’s a nasty rollercoaster but you can do it. I believe in your capability. Here if you need. Love ratg xx

Marigold

Dec. 13, 2020, 3:27 p.m.

Oh how I wish I had an off button for depression.

Molly

Dec. 13, 2020, 4:23 p.m.

Lol Ach xx

Sarah yellow rose

Dec. 13, 2020, 8:51 a.m.

Hi Ratg, thank you for your wonderful blog which pictures the event so well. Xx

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the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:34 p.m.

Hello Sarah, I’m glad you enjoyed and I’m glad to see you , love ratg x

Patricia E

Dec. 13, 2020, 9:27 a.m.

Thank you Room for this entirely positive, warm and wonderful piece. What a rich experience for your boy. How wonderful to prepare him for it with such love and care and attention to every detail. You are right, we must treasure the nuggets of good and keep them safe until the better times come. Thank you x

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the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:36 p.m.

I enjoyed every minute and I wasn’t even there! :-) Glad you enjoyed it Patricia, love ratg x

Daisy

Dec. 13, 2020, 9:42 a.m.

Dear Ratg What a lovely blog I am very impressed by the care and attention of your son and you to every detail Take care

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Orangeblossom

Dec. 13, 2020, 9:47 a.m.

Hi Ratg, thanks for this lovely, enlightening blog which is extremely uplifting & cheering!

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Sue

Dec. 13, 2020, 10:18 a.m.

What a lovely day for you both RATG. I am sur3e yoou wil bot remember it forever. Our church re-opens today, yes the good times will come again for most of us.

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Salt Water Mum

Dec. 13, 2020, 10:23 a.m.

The Princess and the Piper... lovely Room, thank you so much for your cheerful blog. As Molly says your maternal pride shines through. How right you are 'Believe, it will come' - the good times will come again. Unfortunately, my daughter is feeling very low these months and especially in recent weeks and I am supporting her the best I can but it's a struggle to be honest and I worry so much about her. Mary, I'm sending you a virtual Sunday hug. Take care all, swm x

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The Gardener

Dec. 13, 2020, noon

SWM, my teen-age neighbour, lots mental problems, left alone for week-end, had a scare and came to me. Her Ma and grand-ma hate each other, they know no other neighbours. Ma has 2 rescued dogs and 5 cats, no love left for daughter. Ooh.

the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:41 p.m.

Hello SWM, would she be interested in Moodscope? Might she be interested in logging her scores for a fortnight to see if the process gave her a guide? Love ratg x

Molly

Dec. 13, 2020, 5:58 p.m.

SWM, a real worry for you. How old is she? It’s so hard when we see someone we love suffering and feel powerless to do anything xx

Salt Water Mum

Dec. 13, 2020, 6:13 p.m.

Thank you Molly, Room and TG for your well wishes x

Ach UK

Dec. 13, 2020, 11:52 a.m.

Hello thank you for this lovely blog this morning. Well done this mum and Proud Piper. A memory to treasure. Yes, good times will come again and all the easier will be the wait when I hear these lovely moments. Thank you lovely RATG. XX Ach.

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The Gardener

Dec. 13, 2020, 11:52 a.m.

What a joyful blog! Here in the eerie silence and gloom of my miserable town. There have been mutters about cost of Royal Train - every penny justified in the pleasure it has given to you and your son - and to thousands of others to whom it will be a 'day to remember'. Don't know if you are a fan of 'Strictly' but I thought 'JJ Rawlings' was brilliant in his Kilt. My shop is my 'light box' so necessary, and RATG you have added extra light! Hugs, kisses, rays of light winging their way to Scotland, East and West. xx

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the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

Hello TG, a different Princess to that one, a much older one, but still very much a Princess. And no less excitement from all of us. They all do tireless work imho. I’m glad it brought you some joy. You bring me joy, love reading words from France and we’ve always been socially distanced so some things haven’t changed a bit! Love ratg x

The Gardener

Dec. 13, 2020, 4:03 p.m.

Had presumed, through publicity, that it was William and Kate - of course she is a Duchess, not a Princess. Grand-son at uni with them, played football with William. How do their security guys cope? Play goal-keeper? My mind wanders.

The Gardener

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:10 p.m.

RATG, just been going through the mass of books 'dumped' on me for my bed-time reading. Found a treasure - sure you know about it.J. M. Barrie, published 1898 'A Window in Thrums' with 12 glorious etchings by William Hole.

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the room above the garage

Dec. 13, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

I actually don’t know it (but do know him!). Will seek it out, thank you x

The Gardener

Dec. 13, 2020, 3:51 p.m.

It seems 'Thrums' was scenes from his home in Kirriemuir

David Gosling

Dec. 13, 2020, 3 p.m.

The princess and the piper. Sectioned 2 and 3 with being locked in a secure, so called hospital,has been my most worst period of my life experience of Bipolar. Christmas day is the review date could it get much worse in not attending the ceremony to place my mum' ashes in the Pacific Ocean in Australia. Yes it could but who knows what that will be? Limited use of computer so I wish you all have happy moods for Christmas and as Captain Tom says on January the first will be a better day in the start of 2021. David Gosling

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Bearofliddlebrain

Dec. 13, 2020, 3:07 p.m.

Hi David, so sorry you are still at the hospital. Shame they couldn’t review you earlier than Christmas Day - but there we go - illness, like the covid virus, knows no date boundaries! I do hope you are well enough to leave hospital soon. Wishing you a happier mood for yourself over the next few weeks 80)). Bear hugs x

Bearofliddlebrain

Dec. 13, 2020, 3:02 p.m.

Hi Ratg, Your blog is priceless - and I do hope that one day you will be able to share it with the son who made you so proud. We often hear of the Royals visiting and cheering up ordinary folk, and the young members have done their best to give hope to those less fortunate, in this year, more than other years. How wonderful a memory for him, and for you - proud Mum - a real treasure in the harsh reality of 2020. I hope he feels proud of his achievement, continues to learn the pipes and learns how to keep his brogues schparkly and his piper’s uniform in tip-top condition. A very heartwarming blog, dearest Ratty, Bear hugs x x x

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Bearofliddlebrain

Dec. 13, 2020, 3:17 p.m.

Meant to ask Ratg - was I Princess Anne who visited? She seems such a hard working person... 80) xx

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Molly

Dec. 13, 2020, 6:18 p.m.

No Bear, it was Princess Elsa, from Frozen. Lol xx

Bearofliddlebrain

Dec. 14, 2020, 6:24 p.m.

Let it go, Molly. Lol xx

Molly

Dec. 14, 2020, 11:36 p.m.

Lol lol xx

the room above the garage

Dec. 15, 2020, 12:23 p.m.

Ah the pair of you are making me giggle! Yes Bear, it was Princess Anne and she is just so graceful, gentle and encouraging. It is still bringing me happiness xx

Marigold

Dec. 13, 2020, 3:29 p.m.

Thanks for your blog R.

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the room above the garage

Dec. 15, 2020, 12:22 p.m.

My pleasure Marigold :-)

the room above the garage

Dec. 15, 2020, 12:21 p.m.

Hello to anybody still reading...I cane back to reply to a couple of remaining comments and realise that I must have had a problem on the day...I thought I had replied to everybody’s comments up to about 3pm but see there are things I definitely wrote replies to that are unanswered. I’m sorry, I remember days when somebody’s reply made the world of difference and I try to maintain that if it’s at all possible. Thanks everybody for submitting comments, it’s great to hear if something helped your day or triggered a memory. Waving hello. Love ratg x

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