Posted by: didyouseethis | December 21, 2013

Once again…The Longest Night of the Year

Everything I read says look ahead not back.  But how does one do that at Christmas?  Once upon a time I looked to this night as the final long night.  Starting tomorrow the days will get longer until finally the soft short nights of spring/summer.  That will still happen and it cheers me some now.

Christmastime is for memories.  Making them and recalling them.  This longest night of the year brings me memories both bitter and sweet. This started out a much longer post.  (Gratitude:  the backspace key.)

I remember Mosul, Iraq and David Ruhren and Nick Mason who were members of our first “adopted” Soldier’s squad.

I remember sitting in Metro with DH reading William the Coroner’s blog.  (He was on DH’s list of favorite gun blogs.)  DH and William did not live to see the next longest night of the year.

I remember lighting the candles in the memory garden.

I remember this sweet moment…

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Now he is running around fighting “grumpy guys, singing grace at Sunday dinner and telling me about how St. Nicholas was so silly, he left him play dough and a banana in his boot… there were bananas in the kitchen.

I think of all the Christmases with my little ones who, grown now, bring me just as much joy as they did then.

Then there is this…

And it does.

Mary-Chapin Carpenter, The Longest Night of the Year

They say that spring will come again–
No one knows exactly when.
Still the sun ’s a long lost friend
On the longest night of the year.

We stare into the firelight
While December beats outside
Where the darkest hearts reside
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight
Let the candle burn all night
Tomorrow welcome back the night
It was longest night of the year

I used to think the world was small
Bright and shining like a ball
Seems I don’t know much at all
On the longest night of the year

We press our faces to the glass
And see our little lives go past
Wave to shadows that we cast
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight,
Let the candle burn all night,
Tomorrow welcome back the light.
‘Twas the longest night of the year

Make a vow when Solstice comes:
To find the Light in everyone
Keep the faith and bang the drum
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight,
Let the candle burn all night,
Tomorrow welcome back the light.
‘Twas the longest night of the year

Love,
Mom

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