This afternoon I was walking from one office building to another, and passed by an atrium where a pianist was playing a variety of holiday tunes. Ah, spreading a little holiday cheer – how lovely!
As I got closer and could better discern the actual song she was playing, a wave of familiarity and comfort washed over me. She was in the middle of “Christmas is Coming” by Vince Guaraldi – better known as “the Charlie Brown Christmas song”.
Growing up, my dad was an avid Peanuts fan – so as a family we watched the various Charlie Brown holiday specials each year. As a kid, I didn’t really “get” the holiday specials; I was too emotionally sensitive to appreciate them. I didn’t understand the bigger meaning that Charles Schultz was trying to impart via Charlie and crew; I just felt very sad when Charlie didn’t get the tree, the football, the girl. And even though I felt mildly depressed after watching the shows (no lie), I sat through them because they were special to my dad – and my dad is deeply special to me.
Today, when I heard a mere five seconds of the Charlie Brown song, I was instantly taken back to my childhood; sitting by my dad, watching the holiday special, sensing the dark and cold outside, but feeling the warmth and love inside. As I passed by the piano, I broke into a wide smile.