Letters of love

Writer’s praise for her ‘Dear­est Scot­land’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

As a non-profit ini­tia­tive all pro­ceeds from fu­ture publi­ca­tions will be do­nated to new and ex­ist­ing lit­er­acy projects and ini­tia­tives in Scot­land. In her con­tri­bu­tion, Dorothy wrote: Dear­est Scot­land, Hello there! I love you, I re­ally do. I love the sun that shines down on me in this beau­ti­ful coun­try. I love the re­fresh­ing rain and all the sea­sons in one day. I loved the hap­pi­ness and sheer joy of Glas­gow, the friendly city, dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games.

I love the way I have great con­ver­sa­tions with com­plete strangers at bus stops and never know their names though we’ve ex­changed life sto­ries.

I love the way we all pulled to­gether dur­ing that ter­ri­ble win­ter of 2010 when I was re­cov­er­ing from an op­er­a­tion and had just lost my pre­cious mum whom I looked af­ter for 20 years, that two com­plete strangers walked with me to the health cen­tre and back so I could get my stitches out and a woman stopped her car in the mid­dle of the road and got out to help me over a mound of snow to get back into the house.

I love the fact that we re­mem­ber 70 years on and 100 years on those who fought in two world wars. Now there were brave Scots for you -tri­als and tribu­la­tions we will never know.

I am over­whelmed with ad­mi­ra­tion and love for them and thanks for the life that we live now. Es­pe­cially for my grandpa Valen­tine Con­nor who served in the First World War and my dad Jack Con­nor who was with the For­got­ten Army in Burma dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

I love to­day’s chil­dren and young peo­ple who have the whole world to dis­cover and are full of en­thu­si­asm and joy in life.

Dear­est Scot­land and ev­ery­one in it - I love you.

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