December 16, 2007

Things pair up in my memory of Germany: a thunderstorm and the green sofa my friend and I used as a ship to ride it out, hard candy and the velvet of the seat at the Cologne opera house, the lighting of purple candles and singing O Come, O Come Emmanuel with my parents at the dining room table, the whole house dimmed in reverence.

“That one,” I told my friend. “That one is my favorite carol of all.”

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