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I shared this with a few friends today, and decided to "go public". I was fortunate to be raised by 2 parents who had a keen appreciation for music. One tradition in our household every Christmas was to watch "Amahl and the Night Visitors", an opera that first aired on NBC I believe in 1951. Music affects me emotionally, everything from laughter to chills to tears. Well, yesterday it was the last of those 3. As any self professed geek will confess, I have my car stereo system synced up with the music collection on my phone. I have that collection in "shuffle" mode so I never know what's coming next. Could be The Who, or Leonard Bernstein! Well, yesterday morning in the car, the sound track from Amahl and the Night Visitors started playing, and the tears just flowed. Why? A bunch of reasons, but I suspect the biggest ones related to memories of my childhood, as well as the memories of my own children at Christmas time. Hopefully I have quite a few years left on this earth, but none of us know that for sure. At age 61, there's more time to look back than forward, and you start to think about all the blessings in your life. My parents weren't perfect, but they loved the dickens out of me, and I miss them dearly. And my kids? Well thankfully they are still alive and kicking! But no matter how old they get, I will always look back fondly on the memories of them gathering at the top of the stairway, waiting for me to get the video camera ready, to see them rush down down the steps to see what awaited them on Christmas morning. The innocence and wonder of being a child-what a gift from God, and one that keeps on giving, even after the chronological youth is gone. Someone asked me the other day where I grew up, and I replied "I haven't yet, and have no interntions of doing so!". So I guess my tears yesterday were tears of joy, but there is a bit of sadness mixed in. Every moment of life is potentially precious, and even if we do our best to appreciate them when they occur, we can't get them back. Thank goodness we have the memories!
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