Can you remember what it was like before cell phones, computers, internet, and texting? I know some of you reading can’t, but I can. There’s one vivid memory I have.
It was Christmas. My first Christmas as a wife, a military wife at that. My first Christmas in a foreign country and my first Christmas not to be at home. Although it was all so new and exciting, my heart ached and my soul cried “there’s no place like home for the holidays.”
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My first Christmas away from home was 30 years ago and way before the techno age. We woke up early that morning. It was freezing cold in Germany and I was disappointed it wasn’t a white Christmas. This would be a special Christmas as it was our first as a married couple, but it wasn’t the same not being home. We eventually dressed and headed to a friends to place our call home. The phone lines were busy most of the day.
It was $3 a minute to phone Texas from Germany. Finally late in the afternoon, our call went through and then it was the waiting game waiting for the operator to call back with a connection. After hours of waiting, the awaited long distance call finally came.
It was mom and dad’s voice. The tears began to flow, but I tried to keep a happy tone in my voice as I told them about our day. We just got deep into conversation when the phone went silent. We had been disconnected. Oh. how. the tears poured then.
We never got reconnected that day. It was the most bittersweet Christmas I had had because there truly is no place like home for the holidays. If you’ve ever been away from family and friends at Christmas, you know. That reminds me, I’d love to hear your story about being away at Christmas.
I am so thankful for my cell phone, the internet, and all the technology we have. It makes days like Christmas so much easier to connect with loved ones if we can’t be home for Christmas.
For the holidays you can’t beat home. sweet. home!
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