I am a reformed letter writer whose words bubble out through ten fingers. It began when my husband, three children, and I lived in England in the early 80’s. Transatlantic calls were a rarity because of the cost, so the only way to let people know what was happening was to write letters. The tradition continued back in the US when e-mail became common. It was the best, most controlled way, for a motor-mouth to communicate with family and friends. The goal was to transmit daily events amusing enough for people to want to read about them. Blogging seemed the next step.
I saw a comment recently about family that tickled my funny bone. It said I looked around at my family and thought, “We are two clowns short of a circus.” We have friends who happily join us in the center ring.
Our cast of characters include husband John, older daughter Lise, middle child Kate, and caboose child $. $ is short for John Spencer. When $ was born, his four-year-old cousins called him John Spensive, as in expensive, so we began to spell his middle name $pencer. The abbreviation was inevitable. Grandsons David and Nate appear when we visit them in New York or they visit us in the mountains of North Carolina.
Bio information includes 20 plus years as the secretary for an accounting firm concurrent with being the organist and choir director at our church. Those were wonderful years, but I am now thrilled with retirement. I grew up in West Tennessee, confused people on Long Island with my accent for 50 years, and now sound more normal in the South again.