As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I continue my tradition of posting family photographs from the past year on More to Come… We have much for which to be thankful in 2017.
This has been another difficult year in our country, as we break into tribes and as the growing income inequality pushes us farther apart. We forget that the American experiment is built around ideas, not tribal groups, and that a sharing of common opportunities and challenges is important to being a citizen. That experiment survives only if we celebrate all our fellow citizens and embrace the full American story. We have not always succeeded, but we must keep trying in the year ahead.
Candice and I were thankful that Andrew and Claire were home for the Christmas break late in 2016. Some of the errands and visits were more mundane than others—such as shopping for new glasses—but this one made for a good opportunity to take a picture of our two favorite children!
In January, Candice and I were fortunate to spend the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend in New York City, where we saw the amazing musical Hamilton. It truly lived up to the hype. (Our selfie-taking abilities…on the other hand…leave much to be desired.) Andrew was also “on stage” in January as one of the three kings at St. John’s Lafayette Square’s traditional Epiphany celebration.
We were back in New York State not too many weeks later. Thirty-five years ago in March, Candice and I began our life journey together. To celebrate, we had a relaxing and restorative long weekend at Mohonk Mountain House, one of our favorite places.
While we were in the snowy northeast, Claire was enjoying California, her home for the past six years. She has always been our lover of the great outdoors, and during the first half of the year she went hiking and camping in the beautiful Joshua Tree National Park, visited the Grand Canyon with Southern California friends, hosted Andrew during her last couple of months in Los Angeles, and gathered together for a reunion with her Episcopal Urban Intern Program housemates.
Baseball season began in April, and that can only mean one thing: Let’s Go Nats! David made it to Opening Day for the first time in his life, and Andrew went along to help kick off the new season. (Andrew ended up going to five games on both coasts, perhaps joining Dad and Claire as true-blue baseball fans.)
Celebration was in the air in May and June for all types of special family events: Mother’s Day, weddings, Andrew and Claire’s exploration of LA, and Father’s Day.
Claire was home for a month between July and August, as she transitioned from living in Southern California to attending graduate school at Berkeley. She took time to hang with Andrew, Mom, and Dad and attend a beach weekend with close friends from Pomona College.
The entire family was able to come together in August for a week in Wellfleet, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. It was a nice time of relaxation, exploration, and—of course—eating well.
Fall has been a busy season, with another family wedding, Claire beginning her new adventure in graduate school, Andrew’s singing career stepping up to a new level, celebration of holidays, and traveling across the country.
As you can see, it has been a busy and fulfilling year. During this Thanksgiving season, we give thanks for you, our wonderful friends.
Have a terrific Thanksgiving holiday with friends and families.
More to come…
Image: The Browns at the St. Alban’s Parish Christmas Day Dinner 2016