As Americans we take pride in our roots – our connections to the lands of our ancestors.
I’m a classic European mix of German, French, English, Irish and Scottish. Oh, Scotland, there are unfounded rumors that we might even have a direct line to the Robert the Bruce from his daughter’s son through Thomas Crawford. Who knows, but it is an exciting heritage to have flowing through your blood.
All that aside, you don’t have to have any Scottish blood to appreciate a man in a kilt. What is the fascination we have with the Scottish vernacular and tartans? Anyone running to the local German fest to see the men in Lederhosens? No we love the kilt. Even with pink and ruffles they still look manly.
So with high hopes, my daughter, Storm, and I set out to explore our love of all things Scottish. Well, maybe not all things, the food…not so much.
That’s better. So we headed off to the Highland Games of San Antonio in Helotes Texas.
We started off in the Viking Village where warriors where facing off.
We saw young girls dancing.
Kilts, Kilts and more Kilts for sale.
While in this tent, I did see a large firefighter type guy wearing a t-shirt, work boots and a very nice kilt. His arms around the shoulders of a blond girl of nine or ten years, standing in front of him. We overheard him asking the scottish sellsman about formal shoes and a jacket to go with his kilt. The little girl smiled as her dad explained, they had a Daughter/Father dance to go to and she asked him to wear his kilt. He wanted to dress up his kilt for the dance. I thought of the wonderful memories and photos they would treasure and the wedding he might even wear it to one day.
My daughter got her own kilt. (she has always had the attitude.);)
Tried to convince my sons that kilts would be an awesome change for next years prom, we’ll see.
I did have a cousin that got married in a kilt, on the beach. How romantic is that?
The story teller in me loves the idea of a kilt wearing groom on a beach,waiting for his bride.
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*Sigh. Oh, back to the Highland games. The music was great from local, traditional music
to high energy music of Celtica – Rocks Pipes. http://www.celticarocks.com//en/home
It is always fun to discover something new and now I’m a huge fan to this fun mix of rock and bag pipes. The kilts and black vest aren’t bad either. We did go to see the kilts, after all.
We’ll be going back next year. You never know who you’re going to meet when you go out to a new event. So go out and have a new experience.