Season's Greetings

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Season’s Greetings by Stephen Loomis

for Mary Frances L., dear friend, coworker and inspiration

One holiday season, Mary complained to me that every year she’d get a shamelessly boastful letter from her sister, full of stuff like, “Well, Suzie got her second Nobel Prize this year. That makes
Medicine and Literature. Next year she’s going for Physics.” We wrote this letter in response.

Dear Sis,

Merry Christmas to you all!

It sure is nice getting your Christmas letters each year. Sisters should be close. I sure am glad everything’s fine with you all.

Vice President of Marketing. You must be so proud of that husband of yours. Jim always was my favorite Yankee. Hah! Hah! Two kids graduating Harvard. Jennifer from Medical School and Jim Jr. from

That’s real nice. I’ve heard good things about Harvard.

I only regret that Momma didn’t make it to Christmas. She’d be so proud to see the first of her grandkids graduate school. I admit I still blame Poppa. I know he says it was an accident, but he
never should have been cleaning that old shotgun in the house anyway.

But, you know me, I always try to look on the bright side. I have a lot to be thankful for too.

Bobby Ray’s been sober for two weeks now. That’s a record for him. The bruises are starting to fade and I feel lucky this time. If he keeps it up, he’ll be able to get a job soon.

We’re expecting the results of Jason’s DNA test. You remember my grandbaby Jason? Our lawyer says DNA is short for “Don’t kNow Anything,” which is what all these boys say about the baby. But
Luanne’s convinced she’s got the list of possible fathers narrowed down to four names and she swears one of them will have to pay. I sure hope she’s right. It would be nice to get the trailer paid
off and have a place to call our own.

We are confident that Junior will finally graduate high school this year. Of course, I know I’ve said that before, but now that he’s learned the alphabet he’s doing much better in school. Who would
have thought that knowing just 21 letters would make such a difference?

It looks like this is going to be a great year for the twins too. Johnny’s up for parole in September and, if Dwayne gets out of rehab by then, we may have a family Christmas this time next year.
That would be nice after so long.

We’d love to have you for Christmas, but I’ll understand if you don’t want to. I guess Jim’s still mad about what happened at the family reunion. Bobby Ray never would have broken his nose if he
hadn’t been drinking. I know Bobby Ray feels real bad about it. He’ll never admit it, but I know he’s sorry. Well, Sis, it sure has been fine bonding with you like this. So you take care of
yourself and we look forward to hearing from you again next year.

Your loving sister, Mary Frances

Submitted: February 16, 2018

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Submitted: February 16, 2018




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