My husband and I came back from India last Sunday. It was not a happy occasion. My mother-in-law passed away late last month, and we went back to perform rites. Her passing hit me hard: she was the last of our parents to go.
To change the subject, as we were returning to the U.S., I realized that I missed much of the Christmas season! At the Dubai airport (our layover), there were Christmas trees (or should I say “holiday trees”?) and Christmas songs, but any reference or allusion to Christ was suppressed. When we arrived home on Sunday, December 15, I realized that there were only 10 calendar days to Christmas.
We arrived in the morning. By the afternoon, I was ready to nap. I turned on WPFW 89.3 FM to listen to The Great American Songbook, where I heard this song:
That’s what I long for: All Those Christmas Cliches.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to my loyal readers.