As I was plugging my new desk radio in at work, I realised that by arriving at work just after 7:30, when it’s still so quiet and none of my colleagues have arrived yet, I will be able to listen to the 94.7 Highveld Stereo Christmas Wish List which should start sometime in late November.
Nothing marks the beginning of the end of the year for me, more than hearing the wish list on 94.7. I can still remember a wish which touched my heart almost 11 years ago. I had just pulled into the parking lot of the company I was working for at the time and sat in the car listening to the wish before walking into the office (a habit I do still to this day). The story was of a man whose wife had died and he was left with all the medical bills as well as bringing up three young kids, all on his own. With limited funds, his wish was that he could spoil his boys at the movies on a Saturday afternoon.
His wish was granted and he landed up getting free movies for a year for the family. I was touched by his crying and humble gratefulness and bawled my eyes out. It’s been one of the wishes I have always remembered especially because something so small and simple could bring joy to this man and his boys.
Unfortunately, the wish list has changed quite a lot and become somewhat commercial. It has also lost the special touch of Jeremy and I don’t think Wackhead brings anything to it. Even the jingle has changed. But I still enjoy listening to it because it reminds me that there are hundreds of people out there who are struggling, who are desperate and who are in need of help. This in itself is for me the biggest lesson to take out of the wish list going into Christmas.
But for now, it’s so cool listening to the tunes silently humming on my desk all day…