|FAMILY STUFF||HIKING TRIPS||MISC MUSINGS||ARCHIVE|
|Europe 1997||New Hampshire 1998||On Kittens and Cuckoos||2003|
|Disney 2000||New Hampshire 1999||My Uncle Edward||2004|
|Europe 2000||New Hampshire 2000||My War Journal||2005|
|Southwest 2001||Seattle 2000||Amateur vs Professional||2006|
|Cape Cod 2002||New Hampshire 2001||2007|
|Opila reunion 2002||Seattle 2002||2008|
|Christmas 2002||New Hampshire 2003|
|Honk! - February 2003||Toni in Alaska, July 2008|
|Memorial Day 2003|
|July 4 2003|
|Maine, August 2003|
|Lake Winnipesauke, 2004|
|Russell is 90, Sept 2004|
|Europe, August 2005|
|A mighty wind, 2006|
|Xmas 2007 pictures|
|Mike's graduation, June 2008|
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2005 Christmas letter from the Monkeynut - Same old same old. The girls went to camp. We went on vacation. We came back from vacation. The girls went back to school. They are doing great. We love them a lot. Merry Christmas.
Well, as you can see, the only interesting item in the above Christmas letter is whether we will be getting a visit from the PC Police for using the word Christmas. Does it constitute a hate crime to blatantly write about Christmas without caring about the psychological damage this could inflict on the > 1 billion Muslims in the world? And what about the Chinese?
In truth, I have begun to despair of writing a Christmas letter (sorry, Holiday letter) that simultaneously achieves its goal of truthfully recounting the events of the past year while being of the slightest interest to anyone else. The basic fact of any of our recent years is this: the girls got one year older and more mature while Louise and I got one year older and our brains continued more and more to resemble Swiss cheese. Boring! Christmas letters often focus on the positive events of the past year - Madeleine scores 105% on PSATs, Mamaroneck High School awards Toni a lifetime-so-far achievement award for brilliance - but these come across like the bland mouthings of standard-issue besotted parents who have no perspective on their children. At the same time, no-one wants to recount the negative events of the year - Madeleine was revealed to be the brains behind the daring break-in at Cartier's, Toni slays mother with axe - because that would be considered unfair to the girls. We could recount the details of our family vacation - the Lloyd-Davies/Lynch family spent some time in France, then went to Belgium, then to Switzerland, then to Sardinia, then to Outer Mongolia - but these details, while mildly interesting to us, are deadly dull to anyone else. There is also the issue of whether we realate the trip as we wish it had gone - we all really enjoyed the wonderful archaeological exhibits in the London Museum of Antiquities - rather than how it actually turned out - the children mutinied when we tried to get them to enter the 17th museum in 3 days and requested political asylum from the British government.
So, this is about as far as I can go this year. Perhaps next year, I shall have found a more satisfactory formula. Or I shall have taken my medication and will crank out the usual platitudes. But in spite of the grumblings above, we really do love our daughters and our friends and relatives and we really do hope they have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2006.
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