Dear family and friends,
We hope you have a very merry Christmas and many blessings throughout the New Year! You are someone we like and love. As such, we have made the (perhaps overly forward) assumption you enjoy knowing about the well-being, whereabouts, and wherewithal of our Clan. If so, read on.
Joshua is still living in D.C. and working as a writer, motivational speaker, and maker of videos on YouTube. His ‘A Christmas Story’ Leg Lamp Costume was greeted by great fanfare on the internets. In the fall he signed a contract to publish a second book in 2014. He recently rescued a three legged kitten which he has been nursing back to health, feeding it warm milk out of an adorable little baby bottle.
Matthew, living in San Francisco, is trying to find himself. He recently went to Argentina, a week-long silent zen meditation retreat, and a surf trip to Hawaii. He is now a Company Man: a Privacy Program Manager at Facebook. He likes yoga, and has recently published nerdy articles in law journals and spoken on the Supreme Court.
Luke is a junior at Harvard College, majoring in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and working as a tutor. He studies Latin too. His research has taken him to Costa Rica to study reptiles and amphibians, to Oxford for coursework, and to Scotland. He is also joining a submarine expedition studying Balrogs, Nazgûls, and saprophages in Marianas Trench. He is, in his more optimistic moments, an artist.
Anna is a freshman at Turner Ashby High School. She is deeply involved in dance, and has advanced quickly in pointe [sic] ballet and sword fire dancing. She is hoping to attend summer classes at a large company; her goal, she explains, is “to become a professional ballerina or live at home and retire when I’m about 28.” She also recently volunteered for the Children’s Division of the local National Government Education Agency.
Paul was recently promoted to Director of Financial Operations of the Arts and Sciences Foundation at UVa. In his spare time, he pursues tennis, reads, and is early in a budding career on the ammateur boxing circuit, where he has surged to a 7-2 record in the “crossover ultra-lightweight” division. He is also on the board of two non-profits which he thoroughly enjoys.
Linda hung up her textbooks and ruler this year, retiring as a home school teacher when Anna began high school. Her children are grateful for her 25+ years of instruction, broccoli, and love. She is now a substitute teacher at the school Anna attends and an avid walker. So actually she didn’t quite hang up those textbooks and ruler after all. Linda’s father died this past June at 92 years old and he is greatly missed.
The whole family enjoyed a vacation at a NC beach in June and time together this Christmas. We celebrate the greatest gift of all this Christmas and pray for God’s blessings for you. We would love to see you or hear from you, either via heliograph, petroglyph, or pigeon post.
All the best,
Written by Mom with additional reporting by Matt and minor contributions from Josh, Dad, Anna, and Luke. Most of Luke’s contributions were deemed inappropriate by the Parental Council and were removed from the final draft.
INTERESTING POST-SCRIPT ANECDOTE: When Dad saved the final draft of this email, he put the word “Final” in the subject line. When Mom later emailed it to friends and family, she accidentally forgot to remove the word “final,” prompting worried reply emails from relatives concerning its rather disconcerting subject line: “Final Christmas Letter.”