Last week we were visited by an unwelcome holiday guest whom I assume to be a distant cousin of ebola. He first made acquaintances with The Architect, lingered for a bit and then decided to do a swift meet-and-greet with the remaining four Roys in a single evening. Here’s what you need to know about me and sickness: If it’s something whose maintenance requires tissues, plenty of water and maybe some Tylenol, I can gripe about “‘tis the season” to the preschool moms and move on with my life.
Apologies for holding out on you, dear readers, but I can no longer contain my excitement: Today I am pleased to announce that the Roy family has welcomed its newest member. Weighing in at nearly 8 pounds and measuring a mere 13 inches, this bundle of joy joined our family the evening of Dec. 19, though he spent some time in the making and has lived for years in my dreams. Before you start doing the mental math, I should inform you that our new addition isn’t your typical newborn.
They say when you’re getting together with folks for the holidays, you should avoid discussing religion and politics because they’re so divisive and might cause an irreparable rift in the family, yadda, yadda, yadda. But in the last couple weeks of traveling across three states and posting on social media, I’ve not found a topic more divisive than that four-letter s-word: Snow. (Why, what were YOU thinking?) I have always loved snow.
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Selecting a term
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