I’ve been sharply reminded several times already this month that not everyone is happy at Christmas time.
The “perfect Christmas” is supposed to be presents and treats and music and laughter. Most of all, it’s gathering with those we love the most.
But that doesn’t happen for everyone. Some of us are alone and some of us are surrounded by family but still missing someone. I think of Cassie. Of Heather. Andrew. The older we get, the list grows.
Katie Couric wrote a beautiful essay Here, of what she’s learned from missing her husband for the last 19 Christmas’s.
My father-in-law and I were listening to Christmas songs on the way home from Boston and the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” came on. “This is a sad song,” he said. “It’s from World War II.” I was pretty sure he was also thinking of his wife.
I thought of war time and all the young men and women who never came home. Not for Christmas and sometimes not ever.
Two of my close friends lost their husband’s this year. Stephen. Eric. We miss them.
My neighbor still longs for his wife who has been gone the last 20.
I believe that someday, we will be reunited with the ones we love the very most.
But in the meantime, we are here are on earth to help each other along the way.
I post this video in the hopes that we can be the light that makes someone’s Christmas bright.
(As a side note, there are several Cope sightings 🙂 )
Wishes and Candle for you: