Shawn L. Bird

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Poem-another sign of love- a kilt story July 17, 2013

She gets these notions, ken?

Strange notions.

That because my great,

great,

great,

great,

great,

grandfather was a Scot

I need a kilt.

.

I won’t wear a kilt,

I said.

I am not connected to

my Scot’s heritage

I said.

That’s all right,

she said,

unloading

eight meters of fabric

and starting to pleat.

.

I won’t wear a kilt

I said.

What kind of belt buckle?

she asked.

So I picked the clan buckle

of my great

great etc

grandfather.

.

I won’t wear a kilt

I said.

Which pleat design?

she asked.

So I picked the pleat to the sett

(or so she tells me)

and she ironed

and ironed

and ironed

late into the night

and then she sewed

and sewed

and sewed

each stitch by hand

for night

after night.

.

I don’t want a kilt

I said.

She sewed

a linen shirt

and knit a lace jabot

and created sock flashes

and sock garters.

I ordered the socks and

the sporran from

Scotland

she said.

.

I really don’t want…

I said

Try this

she said

arranging a leather pocket

dangling from chains

around my waist.

No!

I squawked

It can’t go like that!

That’s like saying

X marks the spot!

She laughed

at my dismay.

.

Just try it all

she said,

arranging

ecoutrements.

I sighed

but did.

Walk up and down so I can see the swing,

she said.

Ooooooh,

she said

and led me back up the hall.

.

For our anniversary

she said

will you wear your kilt?

Yes,

I said

and did.

.

.

True story.

Outlander inspiration is clear.

Diana has a lot to answer for.

But most of it is good.

Verra good.

.

Here’s the proof:

DSCN0563

and the more modern interpretation:

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We should have taken some pictures from behind to show off…

(cough) the pleat to the sett.

It’s verra lovely.

<g>

Always remember “Happy Wife, Happy Life” or as Diana wrote him in the book plate for his copy of  The Scottish Prisoner, “No one looks better than a man in a kilt.”

Diana sign ScottishPrisoner kilt comment

.

FYI- Here are a few of the posts written back while I was making the kilt with photos of the process:

https://shawnbird.com/2011/11/16/the-latest-obsessive-project/

https://shawnbird.com/2011/11/19/kilt-progress/

https://shawnbird.com/2011/12/06/all-done/

Note the dates- It’s been nearly 18 months since I finished.  He’s worn it ONCE before today, back for that final drooling fitting.  Plainly I caught him in a moment of weakness today.  Or else he’s been reading Outlander again on his own.  Good lad.

6 years later, here’s a lovely shot of the swing from behind! 🙂

Bird-13

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