Talking of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth brings us to school closures. Councillors on the new Highland authority cannot say they have not been warned.
"The public gallery here will be full," convener Peter Peacock told a council seminar on the subject. "Some of the parents will be in tears, some of the children will be in tears. There will be photographs of the children holding daffodils. You will receive poems about the school, paintings of the school, and histories of the school."
It seemed superfluous of him to add: "This is not going to be easy."