or at least the beginning of it. we had to leave just as the haggis made it’s entrance. what a fun celebration though – such a good idea Uncles James. before this i had never even heard of a Burns Supper.
from Tam O’ Shanter
“…but pleasures are like poppies spread; you seize the flower, it’s bloom is shed; or like the snow fall on the river, a moment white – then melts forever…”
it’s beautiful no? that’s what comes to mind as i recall studying Burns. if there is a teacher who inspired me at all or at least caught my attention i would have to say it’s Jean Padwick from day 1 of English Literature 12 when she had us move our desks to form a circle then called us 1 by 1 to receive our text book for the year. she was full of quirky, unforgettable lessons; one windy autumn day she scurried us outside to holler into the wind – Shelley’s ode to the Wild West Wind and to this day, well each fall on a windy day, fragments of that poem surface in my mind and i find myself searching it out to read again. each week she would give us 4 words, all of similar meaning, to memorize, in hopes that we would recognize 1 of them and easily gain 3 new words – by Christmas we had our “vocab song” to the tune of Deck the Halls which we sang throughout the hallways, annoying most of the other classes in session but i can’t forget the song, the words and all their meanings – so while it’s not Burns it is for the sake of literature;
Jean Padwick’s Vocab Song – to the tune of Deck the Halls
Ample, Spacious, Commodious, Capacious
Appease, Mollify, Propitiate and Pacify
Dulcet, Melodious, Mellifluous, Euphonious
Glib, Fluent, Articulate and Eloquent
Combative, Belligerent, Bellicose and Truculent
Exuberant, Buoyant, Effervescent and Ebullient
Diligent, Industrious, Assiduous and Sedulous (i skipped this week of school so i falter)
Gall, Audacity, Effrontery, Temerity.