Well, here it is December of 2013.Time
for the yearly family retrospective. This year seems to provide some
handy categories, so I'll use them.
Ryan, Gillian, and Gary are in good health. Carolyn has had some oral
surgery but is recovering well and has otherwise been in good health.
Carolyn's mother's health has deteriorated; she did come out to visit this
August, but that is unlikely to be repeated. Carolyn will be going to
Shotton to visit her around the new year.
At the beginning of the year Gillian left Korea and her abusive
employer. She misses Korea, but not her work situation or her
ex-boyfriend. She is considering a master's degree in computer science
at DeKalb, and expects to start chiseling
away her pre-requisites early in 2014. She and Carolyn can been seen
going to the local health club together.
now working for Suburban Pediatric Therapies about 20 minutes from home, although she still sometimes does
supervision for Therapy Care. She's working 3 days a week, and enjoys
having the opportunity to talk with co-workers at the clinic and the variety of working with children of all ages.
Gary is still with W. H. Leary.
Ryan is studying computer science at Northern Illinois University in
DeKalb and has his own apartment where he cooks his own meals.. He
comes home most weekends to do his laundry and to enjoy a family
dinner. He reports that he likes most of his classes.
Carolyn is still doing Jazzercise as well as attending the local health club.
is still mushing. In August he brought a new dog into the house,
a Samoyed, that we named "Gusty". Gusty was a rescue out of Utah
from the National Samoyed Rescue Alliance. One of Gary's rescue
contacts (from NISA) heard about him and served as a reference ... 2
weeks later we were driving home from O'Hare with him sprawled out on
Carolyn's lap. Gary has been training him to mush with Vita. They've
entered a couple of races so far, finishing last ... but finishing.
Gusty is a very high prey drive dog ... after a couple of very close
encounters we decided to re-home our parrot Chloe Data. Both dogs are
up to hijinks ... Gillian was surprised to hear chirping coming from
Vita's (closed) mouth after a walk. She pried Vita's mouth open and
removed a live, terrified cicada, and returned it to the out-of-doors.
Boy, I bet that give that bug something to talk about with his buddies!
teaching kids judo most Fridays.
We spent last
Christmas in California and got to meet the youngest Hughes,
Andrew. His pictures have been bringing smiles on our fridge as he has
grown over the past year. This year we will be staying home, although
Carolyn will be
heading off just before year's end to visit her mother in Shotton.
This past October saw the 30th anniversary of Gary & Lyn's
marriage. They celebrated by spending a week up in Michigan, spending
most of the time on Mackinac Island where they spent a lovely day
riding a tandem bike across the island. They crossed over the great
connecting the two pieces of Michigan and spent the night in a working
light house on Lake Superior. They finished the journey home after
spending some time
with Betty Petroski up in Iron River on the way home. How can it
possibly be 30 years?
After more than a decade in a
nursing home and very deep dementia Gary's mother Vivian finally finished dying this year. Her
ashes were scattered in Marovitz park, across street from the building
in which she had lived since leaving Skokie. The park was named after
Sydney Marovitz, a family friend for decades.It seemed the most appropriate place.
Mike Barnas also died this year. Gary and Mike were roommates when Gary first started dating Lyn.
Helen Rappaport, mother to Gary's high school singing partner died too.
She was the last concentration camp survivor Gary personally knew. She
had refused to talk about her experiences for most of her life, but
began giving public lectures over her final few years. She had been one
of Mengle's "subjects".
Marty Crowley, Gillian's kindergarten teacher, also passed away this
year. She had been leading the alter guild at church for many years and
had become close friends with both Gillian and Carolyn.
Oscar Weil, the father of one of Carolyn's best friends, union
organizer, and all-around one of the most interesting people we've ever
met, passed away in March. Carolyn has known the family about 35 years.
Our cat Vo passed away unexpectedly while we were in California last
Christmas. She had feline leukemia, but died after only two days of
obvious illness in the company of good friends who were looking after
Have a healthy and happy 2014, and please be in touch.
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