[Loch-Ruadh] Bardic

Terry Varner tdv250 at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 28 13:59:35 PST 2004

I've never been to a funeral any where but in the south, but I've read lots 
of books that were set all over the world and it seems to be common in most 
of the world.
I remember when my father died a good friend of mine and her sister stayed 
at my house to cook and clean during the funeral, and when we got home there 
were about 10 more ladies, some I never found out who they were, but they 
had cleaned the house and cooked enough food that even my big family was 
amazed. Most of these unknown ladies just seemed to dissapear when we all 

Tegwared McAuley(mka Terry Varner)
Loch Ruadh Archery Marshal
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>From: "mama mac" <mama_mac at airmail.net>
>Reply-To: "Canton of Loch Ruadh, Kingdom of Ansteorra, SCA,Inc." 
><loch-ruadh at ansteorra.org>
>To: "Madelina de Lindesay" <lymadelina at earthlink.net>,        "Canton of 
>Loch Ruadh, Kingdom of Ansteorra, SCA,Inc." <loch-ruadh at ansteorra.org>
>Subject: Re: [Loch-Ruadh] Bardic
>Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 15:07:17 -0600
>You were missed, our next Bardic will be at Guardian of the Tor.
>Well I was born and raised in northern Indiana and I can tell you the
>bereaving family was fed for at least a week!!
>I remember when my Dad passed away we had a houseful of out of town
>relatives (30 some people)all staying at our house. Blankets and pillows
>were everywhere, the bathroom had piles of wet towels on the floor and not 
>clean coffee cup left in the kitchen. The whole bunch of us would head out
>for the funeral home and come back to find blankets and pillows in neat
>piles, clean dry towels in the linen closet and the smell of freshly brewed
>coffee and good hot food ready and waiting for us. The ladies would quickly
>and quietly go to work, making sure everyone was fed and when they were
>finished cleaning up they would take their leave. This was before the days
>of dishwashers and those ladies didn't serve us on paper plates!! We spent 
>days waiting for various relatives to arrive, 4 days at the funeral home 
>viewing and burial services and another 3 days before the last of the
>relatives were gone and those ladies never missed a beat. Memories of 
>40 years ago!!
>Madelina wrote:
>I was hoping to make bardic as well.  I am going into withdrawal pains and
>NEED a bardic.  But duty calls.  My college roommate lost her mother, who
>had been in the hospital since October.  So I rallied the troops (my best
>friend and my college suitemates), and we stayed up until almost 2 a.m. 
>morning cooking (and drinking margaritas afterward - had to have a wake of
>sorts, even if Linda was a Baptist.)  We did sing a little, as Linda was 
>niece of Earnest Tubb.  We cooked so much food, you'd think we were going 
>war.  I don't want to see mashed potatoes anytime soon.
>On a side note, does anyone know if it's just a southern tradition, or does
>everybody take food to the bereaved?  If everyone does it, how long has 
>been a tradition?
>Miss you all,
>Madelina -- getting very tired of funerals here lately
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