…and a Happy New Year!
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Merry Christmas, fellow denizens! I’m having a good one.
Maybe today’s rain will wash the reindeer poop off our roof
A day late, but Merry Christman and Happy New Year!
It’s been kind of a disappointing Christmas for me in several respects. I keep having to face the aging issue over and over. Every Christmas Eve at church, we sing “Silent Night” in English, Spanish, German, French, Tagalog, and sometimes Hindi. It falls to me to do the German verse, and this year I could barely croak it out. It wasn’t beautiful.
Then for Christmas Day Mass, our director asked whether my family would like to sing the Offertory song. So five of our kids, three grandkids, my husband, and I sang “While by My Sheep,” which we have sung together for years at our family gatherings. But I threw everybody off on the very first line because my voice went out of control (as it sometimes does nowadays) on the first note. We finished out the song just beautifully, but that first-line messup kept me awake most of that night. (I just can’t stand to make shoddy music, especially on such a great song, and I know my kids were disappointed, too.) I wish now that I had never consented to do it. And what was especially bad was that our director announced beforehand that our family would sing the Offertory song, thus giving it the air of a performance rather than a liturgical enhancement. I hated that.
But mostly, I just miss my old voice; I loved to sing and I loved the sound of my voice in my ears. I sang all the time–while doing dishes, hanging out the wash, walking down the street. Nowadays it’s usually painful for me to hear myself.
On the other hand, it does give me great pleasure to hear my family at our annual carol sing (after Christmas dinner). Almost all of them read music and are good singers, and they make a right joyful noise.
I hope all of you had a good holiday.
Poetry recitation by a former state trooper (maybe true):
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