It was summer time again, and time
for the MacBear Family Reunion. Letters had been posted and all the
relatives were going to meet at Crianlarich, home of the MacBear clan. The
big day arrived. Some of the family was taking the train. Others were
driving up in their cars. The Highlands were a lovely place for a
The oldest member was Grandpa Jamie
MacBear. He and his wife, Granny Agnes, were looking forward to seeing all
their grandchildren and great grandchildren. "Did you make some tablet for
the wee ones?" Grandpa asked. "You know they look forward to it every
"Aye, Jamie, I made tablet. I also
made some Cornish fudge, lots of ginger biscuits, and shortbread," she
said, putting plates down on the table. "And did you get the honey? You
know they’ll all want some highland honey."
"Aye, I gathered it fresh this
morning. There’s something special about honey made from heather and
primrose pollen, isn’t there Agnes?" Grandpa asked. He stuck his finger in
the honey pot and licked it off. "Good stuff."
"Here they come. Here’s our family,"
The wee bears came running towards
them shouting, "Granny Agnes. Grandpa Jamie." They were pushed to the
ground as the wee ones smothered them with hugs and kisses.
They had a grand feast of sausage
rolls, haggis, turnips and peas, scones and bannocks, meat pies, blood
sausage, and fish and chips with pickled onions. They ate flaky pastries,
biscuits, shortbread, and the tablet. When Grandpa brought out the honey
pot, the wee ones gathered around and started sticking their fingers into
it. "This is good, Grandpa. You have the best honey in all of Scotland."
Grandpa laughed. He knew he shouldn’t take credit for it, but let them
think what they may.
"It’s time for the MacBear family
photo. Gather round everyone," Granny called. Grandpa Jamie stood in the
middle with Granny next to him. The children, grandchildren and great
grandchild squeezed in where they could. "Everyone say cheese," Granny
The picture was taken and the wee
bears ran off to play in the woods. A while later wee Bruce MacBear came
running to his mum. "Mum! Dad! Catriona is hitting a bee’s hive with a
stick. They’re angry bees now and are stinging everyone."
Grandpa Jamie followed Bruce’s mum
and dad into the woods. There stood Catriona. She was pounding the beehive
with a branch. Bees were buzzing around. "Don’t do that," Grandpa said.
"Drop the stick, Catriona, or the bees will attack you."
"I want some more honey, Grandpa. It
was so delicious. There wasn’t enough," Catriona cried.
"Drop the stick right now and come
here," Grandpa said. Catriona did as she was told. "Look at your cousins.
They’ve all been stung. You go back to Granny Agnes and take everyone with
you. I’ll find some more honey for you."
An hour later Grandpa Jamie came
back with a full honey pot. "Yeah! Grandpa has some more honey for us,"
Catriona shouted. She ran over to him and gave him a big hug. "Thank you
"Well, next time, you let me get the
honey. It’s not something that wee lassies as yourself should be doing,"
He sat down and watched his
grandchildren devour the honey. That night, after everyone had left,
Grandpa and Granny looked at the photograph. "We’ve got a wonderful
family," Granny said. A tear ran down her face.
"We’re a grand group, aren’t we? The
MacBear Family!" Grandpa said, his heart filled with pride.