I have a friend who I met only once.
As all the rest of us are in the second day of incrementally accomplishing our list of New Year’s Resolutions, my friend has one too.
But only one.
To come home.
If not today, then tomorrow.
From the hospital.
He just wants to come home.
As I wrote in another time and in another place, home is where the heart longs to be.
Not surprisingly, it was Bing Crosby’s rendition of “I’ll be Home for Christmas” that was the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O.’s during World War II.
It was the same tune the astronauts of Gemini 7, December 1965, requested of NASA Mission Control to play, as they returned home from the longest flight in the U.S. space program.
Prepare the holiday; hopefully, it’ll snow; hang the mistletoe; and wrap a present under the tree for me.
Because I’ll be home for Christmas.
Strong is the pull and embedded deeply in the innermost part of our being is a longing to come home.
It is aptly called a homing-device, installed within the human heart, and it is always drawing, forever tugging, and faithfully leading us home.
Photo by Jeff Brown of which he writes, “The tree shadows form the light of hope on the last morning run in 2021. Ready for new adventures . . . and life.”
Jerry Anderson says
That was a very inspiring piece. Thank you.
DAVID G ANDERSON says
Thank you Jerry!
Joseph Boyle says
Mr. David Anderson,
Your reference to Bing Crosby caused me to enjoy a positive memory flashback.
Are you aware that back in 1906, Bing Crosby moved to Spokane, Washington at age 3?
Wait. It gets more intesting. Bing Crosby’s grandfather owned a cabin on Lake Steilacoom in what is now our City of Lakewood.
In my former life, I served as a Real Estate Broker with the well known Harold A. Allen Real Estate Company. During my time with Allen Realty, I listed and sold the Crosby lake cabin.
My buyer, a local executive, used the cabin’s foundation as an existing building footprint which allowed him to legally remodel his way into a huge home attractively close to the lake.
Life is an adventure.
Joseph Boyle – Avid David Anderson reader.
DAVID G ANDERSON says
Wow Joe, you have lived several lifetimes! Thank you for sharing this! I did not know we had not one, but two – two! – celebrities that once lived in Lakewood, you, and that other guy 🙂
And no, I did not know what that little white triangle was for. Never even noticed it before. You are such an inexhaustible source of knowledge!