Thirty years ago
five months old; he had two older brothers and three older sisters,
a dog, a cat and three kittens. For some reason, I decided to consolidate
my correspondence and wrote our first Christmas Letter. I begged forgiveness
of its recipients for this submission to a "form letter." Many years later
when I pared the list of letter recipients, this precipitated a deluge
of unhappy feedback. So, here we are thirty years later still pondering
over recapping our year on a page. This year its just Ray and I and our
cats-no, not the same ones!
The first letter was typed on my trusty Underwood typewriter and
"dittoed." Now, I know there are some of you who have no idea what
"dittoed" as a print media means, and I'm not going to even try to explain
it in this day and age. We progressed from there to mimeographing,
photocopying, dot matrix printing, laser printing, color printing, and
this year Internet and E-mailed to those who have net addresses.
So, the more things remain the same, the more they change!
To continue the tradition of bringing you
up-to-date on our family news, I'd better get back to 1997 events and quit
reminiscing. The holidays really snuck up on me this year. Vacation, square
dancing, and various other things kept me going without realizing that
Thanksgiving was upon us, and soon, Christmas! Looks like everyone will
be here this year. Paul arrives from Wisconsin the 21st, Mark
on the 23rd, and Bev and Rick leave with Selina to visit Rick's
family the day after Christmas.