Christmas will be different this year

Above: Playing guitar the other night at our good friend’s place in Austin. Photo by Tracie B.

My friend F., a winemaker who lives and works with her husband and family in southern Italy and who makes one of her appellation’s most famous wines, often writes me and describes what life is like in her depressed region where work is hard to come by and where the current crisis is affecting families dramatically.

    Our “beloved” president Berlusconi made another one of his typical bull*&% statements: “Italians, spend! And we’ll get out of this crisis!” It’s an insult to people who don’t know how to tell their children that this year Christmas will be different — maybe without presents, because they’ve lost their job… I didn’t want to make you depressed and I don’t think things are much better in the U.S.

Christmas will certainly be different this year: there are a lot of people going through really tough times — like my friend F. and her family. These are bleak times of uncertainty when our country is at war (world war III, in case no one noticed) and the financial crisis is causing a whole heap of stress for a whole mess of hard-working, good folks.

At the same time, these are days filled with hope and joy for me. As I start my new life in Austin with Tracie B, a very special lady who’s brought light into my life, I know that I’ve got a lot to be thankful for — and let me just say it again, a lot to be thankful for. So, my Christmas will be different, too. And I sure am thankful for that…

I will be taking a break from blogging for the next week or so and will see y’all after the New Year.

Let’s hope it’s a good one… without any fear!

*****

When I ran to the store with a penny
and when youth was abundant and plenty
Classify these as good times good times
When I rolled rubber tires in the driveway
Pulled a purse on a string across the highway
Classify these as good times good times
Good times are coming humming hmm good times are coming humming hmm

Go to school fight a war working steady
meet a girl fall in love for I’m ready
Classify these as good times good times

Here I sit with a drink and a mem’ry
But I’m not cold I’m not wet and I’m not hungry
So classify these as good times good times
Good times are coming humming hmm good times
Good times are coming humming hmm good times

— Willie Nelson

4 thoughts on “Christmas will be different this year

  1. As usual, Berlusconi sounds like W. But why is it so difficult for people to understand that what he means is “I couldn’t care less”? He has a high approval rating! I wish you and Tracie a peaceful and joyful time for the Holidays and the future. Ciao.

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