星期一, 十一月 18, 2019

Asmentionedpreviously,theChristmasesofmyyouthwerespentsleepingoveratmygrandparents’house。

ThismemorycomesfromwhatWikiepediaassuresmewas1987?

—?

whichsimultaneouslyseemslikemomentsagoandaneternityback。

Ihadjustturned15,andwassufferingfromthatterriblecurseofteenagerdomwhereyouareworriedthatitiskindoflametobespendingtimewiththepeoplewholoveyoubestandwishingyouweresomewhereelse。

Oneofthetragediesofourlivesishowmuchwemissoutonbecausewethinkthere’ssomethingmoreinterestinghappeningwhereverwerearen’t;itisalessonalwayslearnedtoo?

late。

Inanyevent,thethingIwantedmostthatChristmaswasR。

E。

M。

’sDocument,whichhadcomeoutinthefall。

Mygrandmother,whohadwiselygivenuponmakingguessesastowhattogetme,haddutifullygonetotherecordstore?

—?

rememberthose?

—?

inthestripmallnearherretirementcommunityandpickeditup。

IknewimmediatelythatitwastherewhenIlookedunderthetree。

Theshapeofthelongbox?

—?

rememberthose?

—?

gaveit?

away。

Mygrandparentswerewonderfulpeople,buttheywereold。

Theydidnot,in1987,haveaCDplayer,andIdon’tbelievetheyeverwoundupgettingonebeforetheypassed。

SotherewasnowayIwasgoingtobeabletolistentothealbumuntilthenext?

day。

Olderreadersmayhavesimilarstories,butthisiswhatIremember:lyingflatonthegroundneartheChristmastree,staringattheboxandthelinernotesunderitslights。

Asmygrandparentsputteredaroundcleaningup,IplayedthesongsIknewinmyheadandtriedtoimaginewhattheotheroneswouldsoundlikethroughtheirtitlesandthedeliberateobscuritiesofthepackaging。

(I’mvagueonthisone,butIbelievetheboxhadsomekindoflegendlike“FileUnderFire”orsomethingonit。

)Occasionallymygrandmotherwouldoffermesometardelle,andIwoulddecline,fearingthatthehoneywouldsticktomyfingersandmarmypreciousnewpresent。

Itwaswarm,itwasquiet,itwaspleasantlydusky;itwasChristmas。

Obviouslythisisastorythatwouldnothappentoday。

IwouldhavebeensittinginthecornerlisteningtothewholethingonmyiPod,walledofffromeveryoneelseinthehouseandmissingthestraybitsofconversationthatwouldwaftthroughmyreverie。

I’mnotmakingajudgmenthereorsayingThingsWereBetterInMyDay;itiswhatitis。

Weallmakeourownmemoriesonewayoranother。

Inanyevent,Iamwishingthateachandeveryoneofyouhavesomesortofenjoyableeventoverthisholiday;thatyoucherishthepeopleyouloveandmanagetotoleratetheonesyoudon’t。

Ifindthatalcoholhelps,butastheflashbackabovehopefullyillustrates,itisnotalwaysnecessary。


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