On Final

Matt Younkin’s Beech 18

As the year winds down, it is time to take stock. 2017 has been a year of highs and lows, but isn’t that how it always goes. The lows have been mostly confined to things beyond our control. Like not to put to fine a point on it, Trump, enough of him though. Our highs were closer to home. Everyone in the family managed to stay above ground. No flame outs! That may not sound like much, but no one wants the alternative and it does serve as a good foundation, to build 2018 on. 

Anne and I traveled, taking more vacation time in this one year than at least I had had in the last ten. Such is the joy of retirement. If I can only get Anne to hang-up her implements of math instruction and do the same. She is counting down the last few day on her current teaching assignment. I think that even she is ready for a little break. When I’m not on the road or planning the next road trip, I tried to keep busy by working around the house, mainly just puttering. I couldn’t tell you what I did from one day to the next, except that it took all day. 

There were more substantive achievements on the boys’ part. Late last year, Dan moved from LA to Brooklyn. After he planted the landing, he hit a rough patch, but kept to his feet and finished the year strong, making Christmas, by building  Macy’s store windows. Meanwhile, Dave had a banner year. Or should I say Dr. Dave? He graduated from Purdue and then moved to Boston. He’s continuing with his auditory research at Harvard. We are so proud of our two fine sons. 

Over the next few days, the boys will be returning home for the holidays. When I was still working, I always managed to have the week between Christmas and New Years off. This year will be no different for Anne and I and it appears to be a trait that we’ve managed to pass on. I’m looking forward to the family time. 

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