Last night, for the 38th year in a row, 14 of my friends from Junior High School and I, along with spouses, children, and grandchildren, went Christmas Caroling in the neighborhood where we grew up. It was a blast!
While we sing off key, our spirit was enthusiastic and our joy was fantastic. I got a huge “high” from doing this — for so long, so many years: so much fun.
We did not go as far as we did 38 years ago. But we saw some of our former neighbors, including a woman who babysat for me and my family when we were kids. She is 92 now, and still lives on her own in the same old house I remember.
After getting a bit hoarse and not tolerating the cold as well as we once did (though I remember complaining about the cold back in 1972), we went to the house that one of the members of our group lives in now — and still in the same old neighborhood — right next door to the house in which I grew up. My friend had bought the house from his parents, and has raised his family there. How nice.
We laughed, told wild stories, and even pulled taffy while eating too much. What great fun. I regret that my partner wasn’t with me, but he hates crowds. I got home way too late, and woke early to write and post this message while seeing my partner off for a drive to pick up his mother who lives 200 miles away. She will spend Christmas with us when he brings her back in the middle of the coming week.
BTW, I wore a pair of thick leather jeans with a flannel shirt and a leather bomber jacket, black Wesco harness boots and leather gloves — it was cold! And before you ask, no one said a thing about the leather. They all know me, and know that I wear leather regularly. It was waaaay too cold to ride my Harley, plus the streets were a bit icy from the remnants of a spit of snow we got a couple days ago, so I drove my truck over there, and was glad I had a pair of “snow tires” on my feet (the Vibram lug soles) when I walked outside on the snow & ice.
Following is a YouTube video of a song that is my “signature tune” — that my friends turn to me to sing the verse while they chime in (in very bad Italian) during the chorus. The tune is Tu scendi dalle stelle which means You Come Down From The Stars. It is an old Italian folk song, sung at Christmas. I remember singing it with my family while we were decorating our tree, baking cookies, and especially while visiting Nonna (Grandma).
Life is short: Buon Natale!