© 2011 Aaron Atkinson

He Saw Her

The year was 2003. I was sharing the backseat of a Ford Explorer with my then girlfriend as her parents drove home from a day of post-Thanksgiving shopping in Amarillo, Texas. The first Christmas songs of the season chimed over the radio and in the spirit and joy of the day we sang along.

A duet by David Bowie and Bing Crosby came on.

Radio: Come they told me pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Radio: A newborn king to see pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Radio: Our finest gifts we bring pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

And then came the chorus. It was the first time I’d heard this version of the carol, yet along I sang anyway.

Me: He saw her, can it be?

With that, the car went silent for a moment, then my fellow passengers erupted in laughter. It took me a moment to realize my mistake.

It’s funny how a lyrical British accent can make Peace on Earth sound just like He Saw Her.


  1. auntie
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | #

    oh Aaron, does this mean we may expect you someday to post a picture of Round John Virgin or Olive the Other Reindeer?

  2. Aaron Atkinson
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 2:40 am | #

    Ha! Perhaps. I’ve always loved Olive, the tenth, and tastiest reindeer.

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