The season has arrived for us to share our merriment. The easiest way to do this is to send a Christmas card with a few family photos. My family insists on continuing our recent tradition of emailing a family progress report. I have been selected to create some appropriate words. I realize that these comments will soon join the holiday wrappings and ribbons in the fire place or in the garbage can. Hopefully they will be read before reaching that final destination.
My sincere wish is to amuse my readers and share landmark events. I assure you that this missive does not achieve that goal. In Shakespeare’s words, I have much ado about nothing to report. Don’t feel sorry for us! A year without big events is a gift. Usually Christmas letters deal with travel. Fortunately we have travelled widely while we were young and vigorous. Hence, we have little urge to continue that diversion which has become so much more difficult “these days.” I realize that a year of quiet contentment might seem dull to some of you, but we relish it.
(VERN!! WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT QUIET. WITH A HOUSE BEING BUILT BY HEATHER AND TOM 100 YARDS FROM OUR FRONT DOOR, AND 3 LITTLE ONES TRACKING IN MUD, DOING HOMEWORK, PLAYING, SCREAMING, SLEEPOVERS, MESS, MEALS FOR 7 EVERY DAY!!!! THAT AINT QUIET….HMMMMM!!!!!! AND DRIVING TO MILL VALLEY AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE TO ENTER MORE CHAOS IN VICTORIA AND LEE’S HOUSE WHICH IS BEING REMODELED SO ALL 5 ARE LIVING IN 3 ROOMS… AND WITH US, ALL 7! WHERE IS THE QUIET?)
(I feel better now… so OK BACK TO VERN)…..
However, the flow of our lives is rich and satisfying. Wonderful friends and multiple pursuits such as art events, movies and many social functions make this possible. (OK I agree!!)
We represent the bygone days and live within a world of wonderful memories..
(WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT VERN. WE ARE STILL MAKING LOTS OF MEMORIES! WE HAVE NO TIME TO SIT AND THINK ABOUT THE PAST!!….., OK GO ON….)
As Scott Fitzgerald said, “and so we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.” In contrast, the children and grandchildren hold the future in their hands. It is a true pleasure to watch the younger generation morphing into genuine human beings. I will not bore you with their brilliance or abilities. However, I must take full credit for their genetic endowment. How could they be otherwise with such capable grandparents?
I also must take credit for this non-informative news letter. Please regard the medium as the message. It signifies that we are thinking of you and treasure our friendships. May the blessings of the season be with you and continue throughout the new year.
HO HO HO
(OK VERN, THAT IS VERY NICE!!)
And Vern, how could you put this deer here, you know I fight with them eating the roses and agapantha, rhaphiolepsis, even eating the avocado tree leaves…. hmmm……Oh well, I submit.
Peace and love from Marsha too… ooxom