December 24th – The Day We Met

Was it really that long ago?   It was Christmas Eve, 1977.  I was nineteen.

Earlier that week I was preparing to play music at Midnight Mass.

Your sister and I had become fast friends, having met at the church youth group.  The week of Christmas she invited me to Christmas Eve dinner.  She mentioned your mother made her famous home-made tamales, oh, and  her brother would be there.

“Brother?  Your older brother and his family?…You have another brother?  Really?”  Who knew what that gesture of friendship would bring!

I arrived, guitar in hand.  I wasn’t planning on singing anything, but I definitely didn’t want to leave the guitar in the car.

I rang the doorbell and you answered.  I said hello and introduced myself.  I thought, hey, nice eyes…nice smile…nice looking!

The evening went quickly because I had to get to church early.  Everyone was trying to visit with you since you were on leave from the Air Force.  I know we only spent a few minutes talking.

Your sister asked me if I would sing something.

As much as I’ve sung in public I was always shy about singing in a close-knit setting.  Most people are surprised by that but it’s true.  After a little bit of prodding I broke out the guitar.  Knowing your parents spoke Spanish, I decided to sing Silent Night because I could sing it in Spanish and English.

I didn’t realize that my voice was part of what made you take notice of me.

I said my good-byes.  You asked me if you could carry my guitar to the car.  I said sure.  Normally I would say no when people asked me if they could help.  I was always my own roadie.

It’s funny how decisions that ordinarily are so minor can make a huge impact on our lives.

It wasn’t a long distance to the car.  Once the guitar was in the trunk you said the most memorable line of the evening.

“Aren’t you going to give me a tip?”

I was thinking of making joke,”Here’s a tip.  Take this one from me!” but I couldn’t think of a punch line that quickly.  Instead, I looked at you, smiled, said thank-you and gave you a quick kiss on the cheek.  You smiled at me, wished me a Merry Christmas and we said good-bye.

I knew you were on leave from the Air Force, so I wasn’t sure that I was going to see you again.

Little did I know that we would go out later in the week while you were still on leave.

On that night I certainly didn’t expect to become engaged, break up, get back together, and finally marry you seventeen years later!

We met 34 years ago on Christmas Eve.  I’m glad I said yes to your sister’s invitation as it turned out to be one of the most important days of my life.

What an adventure!

Happy Anniversary, Al.

Love, Cathy


I've always enjoyed writing and finally decided it was time to blog! As part of my profession I write every day, but I'm now trying to take the time to write creatively. My family and friends have been very encouraging as there is little that is written down in the way of a family chronicle. This is a favorite topic of mine! In addition to family history, I write about life, family, friends and faith. My husband is a full-time parent to our special needs daughter. I’ve explored this topic, too. I also enjoy music, crocheting, reading and relaxing with my family. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!

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4 comments on “December 24th – The Day We Met
  1. What a fabulous story. Thank you for sharing it with me and for voting for my friend to win her dream wedding. I hope their seventeen year gap will turn out to be as happy as yours is.

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