Letter: Look back in joy

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Sir,

It is sometimes a strange experience looking back to old photographs, like the one of Mrs Margaret Mitchell’s 100th birthday celebrations at Auchinlee, featured in Down Memory Lane. I was in the photograph.

When I first saw this one, I had a giggle to myself…look  at that hair! Look at their formal dress! And I remember Mrs Mitchell’s 100th birthday very  well. Many visitors from near and far presented flowers and gifts and gave her a kiss.

I said  to her at  one point, ‘are you okay Mrs Mitchell?’ and with a broad smile she replied, ‘I’ve never been kissed as much in years!’

My abiding thought is how serious everyone is (including myself!) in those days the dress code was much more formal – ministers fulfilled public expectation that a clerical collar  would be worn at all times.

That’s the way things were in those days and I for one wouldn’t like to go back, today things are less formal, more relaxed and more natural which in my opinion is the way it should be.

There’s a little phrase from one of the Psalms, ‘God has put laughter on my lips’ and we live everyday in his goodness and humour for in him the past never has the last word. Laugh with him throughout your sorrows and problems, worries and fears and receive his strength.

Rev Andrew Thomson,

Govan and Linthouse Parish Church.