Back to Family: Daughter Amy, her husband Todd, and our two grandsons, TJ and Mikel, reside in Iowa. Amy is still an elementary teacher, but Todd has a new job for a building supply company and is enjoying for the first time in several years the luxury of a position that is primarily indoors and has regular hours . Our oldest grandson is now 15 and a freshman in high school. He played a lot of baseball this summer, went to his first Homecoming dance this fall, and got his first deer just after Thanksgiving. The youngest is 8 and in 3rd grade. He likes science projects and loves to build things. Lego anything is tops on his Christmas list. Even though the economy is so bad that a picture is only worth 200 words now, I’ll include a few anyway.
|No, that big guy is not standing on a box; he is that tall.|
Wisdom or what age teaches me: Don’t take yourself too seriously; no one else does.
Family again: We did keep up most of our continuing obligations during the year. Jan and her friend Lila Blum completed their 36th year as heads of the AAUW Art Presenter Program in Monmouth and Jan continues to serve on the Warren County Library Board. Jim remains on the Buchanan Center for Arts Board and runs a group called OFTA (Old Farts Talk Arts.) that enjoys programs once a month. He did retire this fall from his position as Director of Advocacy for the Illinois Theatre Association and was pleasantly surprised when he received the 2010 Member Award of Honor from the association.
And here we are. Christmas 2010 is nearly upon us. I am composing this and looking out the window at the first snowflakes of the year. It is, as Truman Capote said in A Christmas Memory¬ , “a leafless, birdless, coming of Winter morning”-- just the kind of day when you wish this tortured world could find more peace in more places. It is also just the kind of day to wish each one of you good health, joy, and the warm blessings of family during this Christmas season.