Sunday, August 30, 2009

An Irish Wake

I was burying myself in the Sunday Star today when on page W40, I read this interesting news article about Senator Edward Kennedy’s wake. It seems that after two days of mourning, family members reached back to their deep Irish roots for an old-fashioned wake ahead of Saturday’s funeral and burial.

For sure, there were tears at the gathering – dubbed a “celebration” – but there was far more laughter as people exchanged jokes, sang songs and told tales in a ceremony modeled on Irish tradition. And they are not afraid to offer each other comfort and even a drink or two, if that should help.

As David Sargent, head concierge at the Liberty Hotel in the Massachusetts city explained: “A whisky and a cry can help you feel a lot better”.

Now, isn’t that how a wake should be? Why should we mourn a person when we should instead celebrate his or her life on earth? Unless of course, he or she led such a sorry life that there is nothing to celebrate! When I leave this world one day, I would dearly love to have my friends drink a Glenmorangie, in my honor.

For those ignoramuses and non-whisky drinkers, Glenmorangie is considered the World’s Best Highland Single Malt Whisky in 2008 & 2009, according to the authoritative Whisky Magazine. I’d better drink this Scotch whisky too, as much as I want – before it is too late! For me, that is!

Also today, Celtic were reduced to 10 men in a thrilling 1-0 win over Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League. A Georgios Samaras header had put Celtic ahead four minutes from half-time, and the Bhoys held on for the rest of the game to ensure they kept the three points.

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