Each year I hear Karen Carpenter’s song, “Merry Christmas, Darling”. I love that song. It makes me cry. Of course, many Christmas songs bring tears to my eyes, I’m just like that.
This song, though, returns me to 1983. No matter what year it is, I am immediately taken back to the Christmas of 1983. Maybe because, that year, I was alone with our two daughters. Our oldest was four years old, about to turn five and our youngest was three months old. Hubby had left when I was seven months pregnant and he hadn’t met our youngest yet. It was our first Christmas in our own home. Hubby hadn’t seen it yet, either. I mean, he saw it when we decided to buy it, but, he hadn’t seen it with our furniture in it or our Christmas tree in it.
It was a long Christmas season that year. It seemed that every other song on the radio was Merry Christmas, Darling. It haunted me, it reminded me that I was alone, dealing. Dealing with a car that refused to stay working, children who kept catching colds, and a bank account that refused to stay healthy too. I was sad that Christmas. It was a different Christmas.
But, I had good friends to keep me going and our girls had a wonderful day, filled with gifts and love and laughter.
I remember clearly that Christmas, because, each year I often hear the strains and the lyrics of that song. It is a reminder to me to appreciate my hubby and having him near me. It reminds me that there are many, many military families who are apart this season. There are wives missing the normal, frustrating things that happen during this time. There are parents putting children to bed, trying to make them calm and not so homesick for a missing parent. There are those spouses who sit in the dark rooms, lit only by the tree lights hoping that their mates are safe, warm and okay.
Yesterday, I heard that song and these thoughts flooded my mind. I wanted to share them with you, along with the words of the song. And, to those who are serving this country of ours, thank you, Merry Christmas to you all, may this season pass quickly and may you be in each other’s arms soon. God Bless you and keep you.
Merry Christmas, darling We’re apart, that’s true But I can dream And in my dreams I’m Christmasing with you Holidays are joyful There’s always something new But every day’s a holiday When I’m near to you The lights on my tree I wish you could see I wish it every day The logs on the fire Fill me with desire To see you and to say That I wish you Merry Christmas Happy New Year too I’ve just one wish On this Christmas Eve I wish I were with you The logs on the fire Fill me with desire To see you and to say That I wish you Merry Christmas Happy New Year too I’ve just one wish On this Christmas Eve I wish I were with you
Merry Christmas, darling