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A Parting Glass For George

It seems as if I’m having to say goodbye to too many people lately. I just found out this afternoon that a member of one of my favorite Celtic groups passed away yesterday. George Donaldson was the Scottish member of Celtic Thunder. I never got to see him perform at all but I came across Celtic Thunder through Youtube and the same day I did my friend Tracy called me and said I needed to check out this group and I’d really like them. Turned out to be the same group. Synchronicty again. George was the Big Man and he had a big heart. I followed him on Twitter and I was always touched by his devotion to his wife and his daughter. I loved that he’d play video games with his daughter, and he always talked about his wife. He loved Celtic Thunder and I always loved seeing that smile. He had a distinctive voice, and I loved hearing him trill those r’s. My favorite songs that he sang were The Parting Glass and Mull of Kintyre with Ryan Kelly. So, tonight, I drink a parting glass to George. I wish I could have seen you perform, and I know you’ll be watching your family and your mates from heaven’s pearly gates. Rest in peace, George. Sláinte.

Jesi Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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