This is a different kind of blog post. It’s my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary today. Martha and Tommy Mosson got married on this day in St Maria Goretti’s church in Cranhill in the East End of Glasgow in 1960. All these years later they’re still very happy together. Well, as happy as a grumpy auld git like my dad is capable of being.
Originally the family had planned a big celebration for their diamond wedding anniversary. Unfortunately the pandemic has put paid to that. We can’t even have a small gathering of close family in the back garden of my parents’ place because there are far more than six of us.
So instead I’d like readers of this blog to wish them all the best and congratulations on their 60th wedding anniversary.
My mum is a huge supporter of independence and has been for years. My dad is not to so sure. Being a typical West of Scotland man of his generation, he won’t listen to anything I have to say on the subject – because I’m just his daft boy. But he will listen to other people. So as well as wishing them well on their anniversary, I’d also like readers to say how they’d persuade an older relative to support Scottish independence.
The oldest age cohort is now the only one in Scotland where a majority of people still oppose independence. It’s crucial that we formulate arguments and points which can get through to older people and to help them change their minds. So what would you say to an older relative that might help to persuade them that Scotland’s future is as an independent nation? If we manage to get a good selection of comments, this blog post could become a valuable resource for anyone seeking to persuade an older relative of their own to make the journey from no to yes.
In case you’re wondering why my parents’ surname is Mosson and mine is Kavanagh, almost 30 years ago my (now deceased) husband Andy and I had a humanist wedding ceremony which at the time was not legally recognised. However I did take his surname legally, which together with doing powers of attorney for one another was all that we were legally able to do at the time. Although Andy passed away in 2014, I’ve kept his surname as it keeps a wee bit of him alive with me.
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