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Holiday letter 2013: We hate the Cuse zone


December 2013

Seasons Greeting to All!

’Tis the season to be jolly and grateful for all we have; good family, our health, and a job.  We’ll keep this letter short, because no one reads long messages these days. You know as much because look how popular the Twitter has become.

We feel so fortunate to have four generations of family around, from tiny tots Anna and Catherine; to their dad, Michael; to his mom, Valerie; on up to Grandma Mary. She marked 93 years in September with a family celebration and her annual trip to the Iliana Motor Speedway for its Potato Gun Rally Night, and notes that all three of her own kids have reached “Medicare Age” (twins William and Val became eligible for the dole this year).

Valerie has spent her newly disposable income on the American passenger rail system. In 2013 she and grandma completed three round trips on the Capital Limited, from South Bend to DC, in order to check on the young folks. Here’s the report: Michael and Virginia and their kids are settled into their new place near the DC ball park, and likewise middle-child Matt has been in Washington going on four years, where he has tentatively conquered a crippling internet pornography addiction.


But Mary Claire’s June 22 wedding to David N of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was the highlight of the year. A bridesmaid luncheon, bridal showers, and plenty of home renovations all lead up to the wonderful event held in and around Valparaiso … after which Grandma Mary and Valerie just cold chilled, rolled a few, and didn’t do much of anything for a few weeks.  Newlyweds Dave and Mary, meanwhile, are doing well. Dave is in his second year of studies for his higher ed PhD at Michigan State, and Mary Claire is a librarian at Pike Township schools in Indianapolis.

All of the IU fans — including alums Valerie, her dark twin and new Florida resident William, Matt, and Mary Claire — had high hopes up for a Hoosier campaign deep into the 2013 NCAA basketball tourney. That didn’t work out because of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone D. Though we hate that 2-3 zone, we kept the histrionics at a minimum because new son-in-law Dave is a Syracuse grad. And who knows? Maybe the team will go further this year!

We sure hope so! And if they do, you can bet you’ll hear about it in next year’s letter.

Happy holidays,

Grandma Mary Drozda and Valerie McMullan