Suffice it to say that the flu and MS don't play well together. As a result of their unholy alliance, I'm forced to compose this blog post from bed, using my iPad and a blogging app. The iPad is a wonderful little device, but it's voice recognition capabilities suck, at least for composing anything longer than just a few sentences. So, I'm going to have to keep this short, if only to keep from getting so frustrated that I throw the thing across the room, and I don't think Santa has a new iPad for me loaded up and ready to go on his sleigh. I am hoping that he leaves a new central nervous system for me under the tree, and if he doesn't I'm prepared to bring a lawsuit.
Just wanted to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Great Kwanzaa, and also a Happy New Year, just in case I don't get the chance to post again before 2015 rolls around. May the holidays bring all of you happiness, joy, and good health. Multiple sclerosis is no gift, but the ability to rise above it, even if only occasionally, most certainly is. Please try to make good use of that gift whenever you can, if only to stick your thumb in the eye of this Grinch of an illness.
The following is probably my favorite Christmas song of all time, released by a band called The Royal Guardsmen in 1969. I had this record when it first came out, when I was six years old, and I played it over and over and over again. I was a super big fan of the Peanuts gang, and Snoopy was my favorite character. The heroic little beagle's struggles against the dreaded Red Baron fired my six-year-old imagination, and this song, celebrating a short and thoroughly unexpected break in their epic battles, sparked a tender emotion in me that still smolders 45 years later.
This is the long version of the song, complete with a rather elaborate intro mimicking a radio broadcast from somewhere on the Western front in the middle of World War I. I hope you enjoy, and as the Red Baron says to Snoopy at the very moment that Snoopy thinks his number is up, "Merry Christmas, My Friend(s)!"…
Happy Holidays Marc, love that Snoopy I do...ReplyDelete
Marc, thanks you for the laughs, the tears, the thought-provoking posts of 2014. Happy holidays to you and all those you love.ReplyDelete
Marc: Peace of the season to you and your family. Thanks for the great essays.ReplyDelete
and Joyeux Noël & Bonne année!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all good thing for you and yours. I hope Santa takes that flu bug with him and deposits it into thin air. Feel better soon pal. I'm enjoying the Snoopy video too....thanks for the trip down memory lane.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas and happy New year! Hope you get well soon. Enjoyed the song. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Hope that flu bug gets totally squashed really, really soon so that you and your loved ones can enjoy the holiday season. And all the very best to you in 2015!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas Marc... hope you're feeling better for New Years!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas! Hope you feel better soon...yes MS+ influenza sucks...be careful and rest.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the Snoopy song, Marc, and for all of your well-researched essays. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season, and that you kick flu bug's ass!ReplyDelete
Happy, happy. I hope that bug departs soon without any trace.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the great posts in 2014, Marc. I've laughed, cried, YES'd, groaned in agreement, ranted along with you, and found some great new music to love. The very best to you and your family.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas Marc and flu be gone by New Years! Thanks for all your messages igniting our courage and humor in 2014. Love to you, NancyReplyDelete
Open that window and let that flu bug fly! Sorry you aren't at your best but glad you took time to let us know. Happy Holiday!ReplyDelete
I hope you feel better no. My best wishes for you in the year to come!!ReplyDelete
wishing you & Karen happy holidays. So look forward to reading your blog. Thank you!
happy holidays marc to you and karen. hope this year brings laughter and a cure or at least some relief for you. I think of you everyday and love and admire you. amyxoReplyDelete