I got home late and took Anubis for his walk. The full moon was lovely. When I got back home I was torn between just fixing a drink and getting online or taking the first steps in setting up the Xmas tree. I finally decided to set up the tree. I needed some background noise, so I turned on the t.v. While flipping through the stations I found that CBS was airing "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer." I was instantly transformed back into a cub. I hadn't seen the show in years, but there I was quaoting the dialouge like I had seen it yesterday. I remember that I used to plot out all of the Christmas shows on a calander so that I wouldn't miss one. I would cry my eyes out if I missed "A Charlie Brown Christmas." I think my love of jazz could be traced back to that show. The show's version of "O, Christmas Tree" still makes me cry, it's so beautiful.
So here I am in 2003 watching a show that was made in the 60's. It was almost anachronistic in this age of CGI and Dolby Surround Sound. It looked so tired and worn, and yet the message was as wonderful now as it was 30 years ago. I did feel a tear well up as I watched the toys on the Island of Misfits, thinking about how many of us feel like that could be our home as well. Yet in the end all of the toys found loving homes.