Tuesday, December 15, 2015

It Wouldn't Be Advent If I Didn't Talk About Atticus and Nat King Cole


(from the archives:)

We hadn't been married very long and we didn't have much money. It was almost Christmas and although we weren't Christians we always gave each other gifts. The pickings would be slim that year, though, as the budget for presents was, well, non-existent.

Atticus knew I loved Nat King Cole's smoky voice crooning The Christmas Song. I had described it as the "almost perfect" song.  But this was the days before digital music. I could hear my favorite song of the season only if it happened to come on the radio, as I didn't own the album. Atticus wanted to buy it for me, but our budget was so tight that even a new cassette tape (remember cassette tapes?) wasn't a possibility that year.

It was Christmas Eve, and I had to work. Feeling a little disheartened that we didn't have much to give one another, I was nevertheless looking forward to the meal that Atticus would no doubt have ready when I got home.

When I reached our apartment, I put my key in the lock and thought, "It's awfully quiet in there." I opened the door and found a candlelit room, heard a click, and then Nat's smooth voice. Atticus took my hand and we danced.

My dear, sweet husband had scrounged around our apartment, found a blank tape, and then waited. He had vigilantly stationed himself by the radio all day long as he cooked, waiting to hear and capture that song. He waited and waited some more, and finally hit the "record" button when the coveted song made its appearance.

He captured it; he captured me again. And ever since, when Nat starts to sing, we dance.


Tamara said...

One of my all-time favorite Karen stories!

Tamara said...

One of my all-time favorite Karen stories!

Karen Edmisten said...

Aw, thanks, Tamara!

tanita✿davis said...

As always, this is the sweetest, classic holiday story, a la "The Other Wiseman" or The Burglar's Christmas and "The Gift of the Magi" that always seem just right for this time of year. Thank you.

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks, Tanita! Hugs to you, and the merriest of Christmases! xo