Tha mi air a bith a' smaoineachadh air tòiseachaidhean. How so many things start from almost nothing and then go on to be big things. Even an elephant started out as two cells. Some of the ideas that we don't even think of as ideas because they are such a part of our live were once just a spark of curiosity. Enough of those tiny sparks and society begins to change our view of the world and ourselves shifts little by little until we are in a whole new place.
I can remember a time when I didn't know where Scotland was didn't know that Gaelic existed. Now it is a language that I speak everyday. I can't imagine my life now without it.
I don't remember what the exact beginning was, the very first tiny thing that started my life down this road. I remember some of the mile stones along the way but not that first tiny spark.
I don't know what that spark might be for someone else. What the tiny thing is that might make take their life down a different path, a path that might include Gaelic. But I figure that in order for someone to travel down that path there does need to be something. And I think that Gaidhlig is beautiful and precious and worthy of acknowledgement and support. So if I can share that with people even if it is just a comment at the gas station across the pumps or a flyer left in a hotel lobby or an overheard conversation it could be that spark and who knows what that might grow to be. That is my inspiration for this project.
Caroline has been involved with Gaelic for more than 18 years. She has degrees in Celtic Studies and Gaelic Medium Teaching.