2020 – Christmas Insert

by | Dec 23, 2020

Merry Christmas!

Our son Riley graduated from Granite Bay High School with honors. Then, he moved away to the University of San Diego as a “scholar-athlete” majoring in computer science.  We’re proud of him, and he’s adjusting well. He’s smart, funny, and kind. How that happened, a bit of a mystery.

We’re also impressed with how USD is working through the current “situation.” The USD approach is thoughtful and well-communicated. I was somewhat unfamiliar with USD although both Annette and I knew some graduates or parents of graduates. But anyone who knows me knows I never listen or get things I hear mixed up.  So, I initially was telling people Riley was going to a Jesuit University (which USD isn’t – it’s just Catholic). What I did get right is the campus is beautiful. Most importantly, at this point, it looks to be a solid fit for our one-and-only.

Fingers crossed, Riley returns to San Diego on Jan. 3rd to restart training with the crew team the second semester begining two weeks later.

Fortunately, Annette and I have both been busy at our jobs through the pandemic. Annette’s forensic accounting practice and my corporate sales job have required us to flex to remain effective. While this was initially challenging, we’ve both adapted and are happy to report, all is good here. It helps that we both work for excellent companies!

As for the “empty nest” and the “working from home ” challenges – we’ve got it super easy here. We both work with colleagues who struggle with young kids at home and in less-than-ideal working spaces.  We don’t have that. What we do have is a touch of sadness of not seeing our boy’s smiling face every day. Oh, and the fear of the Amazon delivery when our typically quiet standard poodles erupt in a cacophony of barking.  Are these problems?

Honestly, we have it pretty good. Maybe even pretty, pretty, good (for our Curb Your Enthusiasm friends)! We have some good fortune working for us. We fully understand this has been a challenging time for so many in very personal ways.

And if there is one point that the pandemic has driven home, it’s how precious family and friends are. That, and how a little bit of kindness can go a long way. With that in mind, the Happiest of Holidays to you all this truly bizarre and hopefully unrepeated year.

And here’s hoping we connect again soon.

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