Okay, so I debated writing something about Mabou and the news in all the media all day. And since you all know I will write about anything, I thought I would throw my two cents out, not that even that is worth anything!
Do I know the MacNeils? Yes, do I know them well enough to judge them, and the situation they are in? Absolutely not! All I know of the situation is what I have read in the media. And let me tell you, the media is not always reliable or truthful, and it is really good at only telling half the story. I have read nothing balanced. I have read that something happened on the plane they were on, perhaps they were smoking, I don't know, as I was not there, and have not talked to the MacNeils myself. Anyhow, the plane was diverted to Bermuda and they were detained for not following lawful commands, and smoking on a plane. Granted, not the best decision they have ever made, and I am sure they will be the first to admit it.
But come on! Stand up and take a bow if you have never, ever made a stupid mistake! Mabou is use to media attention mostly for our musical talents, the likes of John Allan Cameron, and of course the Rankin family have given us great pride over the years. So we may not like the negative press. But one incident by one family does not a family, or community make! I would be more humiliated if our tiny village turned their backs on the MacNeils than whatever they did on one flight. They did not abuse their children, they did not commit a murder, they did not abandon an animal, so let's get a little grip. It is unfortunate that other's travel plans were disrupted, but in the grand scheme of life, they could have done so much worse.
I am sure Father Angus will have a little something to say, with a joke added in on Sunday, and I will leave their penance to him. Because as Father Angus knows, I am no saint, so I have no stones to throw.
Am I from Mabou? Yep! Do I know the MacNeils? Yes, damn straight, and they are good people and I know when I was living in Mabou and called David to say I was out of gas, he would have come to lend a hand, and if I met Darlene at the store, she always asked how I was doing, and had a smile on her face. I hope they do not pay for this mistake for the rest of their lives, as no one is deserving of that. If you see them, say hello from me, and tell them Mabou loves them. And thanks to Steve Rankin for the beautiful picture, go check out his Facebook page, at Steve Rankin Photography!