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December 21, 2009

SWEETTALK

<font size="3">I will finally put the pictures to the music</font>

I’m dreamin’ of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know; Where the treetops glisten, and children listen, to hear sleigh-bells in the snow. I’m dreamin’ of a White Christmas, with every Christmas card I write; May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.

I first heard those words in August 1945 in San Francisco – not a time usually related to the Christmas season. I have a story to tell about that time and place, which will never be very far from my mind at this time of year.

The movie was just out, Bing Crosby’s career was at its peak, or at least nearing it, and I was alone and almost blind and very far from home. All of this intruded upon my memory this week with a surge of nostalgia, when I heard that “White Christmas” would be shown all Christmas Eve on American Movie Channel this year. I have never seen the movie, but I have enjoyed the music at Christmas-time for the past 64 years, and Bing Crosby will remain an icon of music to me forever.

Colon and I were married Aug. 7, 1945, and set out immediately for California to return him to his ship, the USS Pickens. We planned to drive my little yellow convertible to his folks’ home in New Mexico and catch a train to ‘Frisco for the longer trip. Too bad, but we had a wreck in West Texas; the worst of the results was that my glasses were broken. This put the rest of my trip in a visual fog, because time would not allow my glasses to be repaired in time to continue the trip with us.

Two weeks later, Colon’s ship left San Francisco Bay on its return to the South Pacific. The only assuring thing on the emotion list was that the war was over and a peace treaty with Japan had been signed. That didn’t help much because I was alone and almost blind.

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