The title of this post is Gaelic for "Goodbye, My Friend". My sweet friend, Hal, passed away this week. I will miss him.
Hal and I shared an enthusiasm for fiction. A few years ago, when the whole nation seemed to be reading the Twilight books, I suggested he try them out. He enjoyed them quite a bit. Then he returned the favor by recommending Outlander to me. That series quickly became a favorite of mine. We got to enjoy those eight books together. It's sad to think that we won't get to read the next installment in the series together.
Anyone who reads Outlander books learns a good bit of Gaelic in the process and more Scottish idioms than you ever thought you needed. The characters switch from English to Gaelic from time to time, especially when they are moved by very strong emotions. Hal and I tried some of those Gaelic phrases out on each other. It sounded really bad, so we reverted back to our native Okie-speak.
But... I think... since I'm moved by very strong emotions, I'll try out the Gaelic again, in memory of Hal.