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Misty-eyed Christmas Pops

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Friday night we attended the Ann Arbor Symphony’s Christmas Pops at Hill Auditorium where I’ve enjoyed many AA Symphony concerts with my aunt. Friday my husband sat on one side of me but there was an empty seat on the other side.

I was lucky enough to hear Sleighride and Christmas Festival again, pieces I play every year with my own community band. I have to say I think CCB’s whip instrument was more effective than the one used Friday night, but having strings really makes those pieces extra wonderful.

At one point Silent Night was filling the auditorium, voices and instruments singing softly, the sound rising up to hover near the ceiling and I thought about my aunt and how she would have loved this concert. I wished she could be there, I could imagine her, dressed in holiday red, grinning back at me as we silently acknowledged just how good it all was.

I got sort of misty-eyed.

Then I noticed some movement in the lights up near the stage. One of the big round lights near the ceiling was flickering faintly. And, as I watched, it blinked. Twice.

And I grinned.

Because I knew right then and there that my aunt had figured out a new way to grin back at me. Merry Christmas, Aunt Becky, I think you had the best seat in the house.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Misty-eyed Christmas Pops

  1. Always there with you. Wonderful

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  2. Dawn–I got goosebumps when I read this. Aunt Becky wasn’t about to miss this concert!

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  3. They might leave us physically, but they’re always there.

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  4. Aw, what a great story! Your Aunt Becky must’ve loved hearing the concert with you (and how cool that she gave you a tiny hint she was there!)

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  5. Awww… that gave me the warm and fuzzies. How wonderful to feel her presence.

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  6. Wonderful. This gave me goosebumps and a smile. 🙂

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  7. What a great story – almost feels like it was right out of a Christmas movie!

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