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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Tartan Day

"Have you seen Colin? Heís walking around with a skirt on. Itís so funny. Hee hee hee," giggled Amanda.

"Heís wearing a skirt?" Cindy asked.

"Itís plaid. Itís white with green, red and yellow stripes in it. Since when do boys wear skirts?" Amanda chuckled.

"Shhhh. There he is now. Oh Colin, thatís a cute skirt youíre wearing," Cindy said.

Colin ran over to them. His long tail poked out of the back of the skirt. "Why arenít you two off nibbling on some cheese or something?"

"Weíve been discussing your skirt," Amanda said.

"Itís not a skirt. Iíd think girl mice like yourself would know what a kilt is," Colin sneered.

"A kilt? Whatís that?" Cindy asked.

"You both know Iím a Scottish mouse. My great grandfather Angus McMouse came over on a ship from Scotland. Today is Tartan Day," Colin explained.

"Tartan day? What is tartan?" Amanda questioned.

"Tartan is what you call plaid. Long ago, our highland ancestors wore kilts, or skirts as you say, to show what clan they belonged to. A clan is a group or a family, so to speak. Tartan Day is a celebration in America where we honor our Scots heritage," Colin answered.

"My grandma came over from Ireland, but I think my great grandfather Jamie McSqueal came from Scotland. That would mean I could celebrate Tartan Day too. This is exciting," Amanda smiled.

"All you need is a kilt," Colin said.

"What about me? I donít think I am Scottish but I want to wear a kilt too," Cindy pouted.

"Letís go to my house. Iíve got one for each of you to wear today and then you can come to the celebrations with me. Weíll have a grand old time at the Tartan Day festivities," Colin said.

The three mice spent the day in their kilts, watching the Tartan Day parade and nibbling on meat pies, sausage rolls, haggis, shortbread and clootie dumplings. It was the best April 6th that theyíd ever had.

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