Having had another spell of writer’s block, I took to Twitter for inspiration for this post. It didn’t take long to find the #GrowingUpScottish tag and some of the responses are absolute belters. I have mixed feelings about my Scottish identity: on the one hand I’m a red haired, blue eyed and freckle-covered West coast girl with a love of whisky, haggis and kilts; on the other, I’m a modern and well-travelled European. There are some elements of my personality, speech and beliefs that are 100% Scottish and certain quirks can be found in all areas of Scotland. So here’s a list of my favourite things about Growing Up Scottish.
- Calling the ceiling light your “big light”, which was switched on when extra focus was needed.
- Leaving the hall light/ bathroom light/ an extra light on and having a parent yell “It’s like the Blackpool Illuminations in here!”
- A roll and crisps (Salt and Vinegar Squares were my favourite!)
- A roll and slice (or square or Lorne sausage)
- “Five ten naw playin” (Pronounced “pleh-en”) A popular playground rhyme to signal that, in fact, I’m not playing this game anymore.
- The wonderful Inverclyde term for skiving or missing something: Skidging. (E.G. “I skidged uni.” or “You’re a work skidger!”)
- Calling the area where you lived and played in “ma bit”.
- Macaroni pies.
- Offering someone a hot drink and food the second they step into your house.
- Having a “play piece” for first break at school.
- Going to the Catty unders from half five till half nine and wondering how people can go out from eleven at night till three in the morning.
- Being told I’d get square eyes if I sat too close to the TV.
- Chips and gravy.
- When a 10p mixture actually cost 10p and everything in it was delicious.
- The story you heard from every teacher about the boy who swung in his chair, cracked his head on the radiator and died.
- Irn-bru bars.
- A double nougat ice cream with raspberry sauce.
- A bit of Sudocream and TCP heals all.
- The big climbing frame in primary school.
- If Jackie Bird isn’t on your TV telling you it’s New Year, has it really happened?
- “A big clean”.
- The Singing Kettle.
- The Irn Bru Snowman advert at Christmas.
- Living by the water. I still love the view!
Do any of you have a favourite memory about growing up Scottish? Or any other nationality? Like, comment and subscribe.