It's Christmas! It's cold, grey, days are short, and... it's Christmas! It's no surprise I'm caught by the spirit of the season!
I was stuck in traffic in 2ª Circular, which is always one of those experiences we can't get enough of, one of those "all dressed up no place to go" kind of situations, when I heard something I hadn't heard in ages (literally) and that awoke the better part of me: it sent me back on a time travel and, for some minutes, made me believe again (or still) in the goodwill of Man.
It was 1985 (oh, those glorious 80s!). I was 12/13 (boy am I getting old or what?) and the world was full of promise: there was Band Aid and suddenly all the world had discovered Ethiopia and all the world united in naïve generosity. (I say naïve because the intentions were superb but the outcome was not far from catastrophic).
I much preferred Band Aid (just the pun in Band Aid, "penso rápido" in Portuguese, is a wonderful language game for someone that is 12 and bilingual!): it was a Christmas song "Do They Know it's Christmas", with still a lot of air play today, it had George Michael and Simon Le Bon (guess what that combination was for a pre-adolescent!) and it was the first wave of solidarity for Africa. But there was also USA for Africa (another pun because USA was not - even if it was - United States, but United Support of Artists for Africa) singing "We Are the World".
So, there I was miserably in 2ª Circular when the radio goes "We Are the World"! It was ages! I remembered each word of the lyrics just as if I was back in 1985! And I felt naïve again! I felt I could trust Man again. I felt that the world could be such a better place if only we could "come together as one".
It's so nice when we are naïve! It's so nice when we can believe...