Hey, you made it! Please, come in!
Take off your coats! How long’s it been?
A year? No, really? Wow. That long?
We must be doing something wrong
If we don’t make a point of being
Sociable with those worth seeing,
In which glitzy company
You all belong much more than we.
Gesundheit! Do you need lysergic–
Er, ascorbic— What? Allergic
To the cat? No wonder July
(As in “Andrews”) seems unduly
Drawn to you. It’s like they sense
You’re running low on histamints
And rush to fill the yawning void.
Or, cats enjoy when we’re annoyed.
Iain, can you fetch a tissue,
Please? Why, yes, our eldest issue
Made it for the holiday!
He’s storyboarding in L.A.
At BixPix, where he’s working on
Their Emmy-winning Amazon
Show, Tumbleleaf. If you’ve got Prime
And little kids, it’s worth your time.
He’s also part of Mirth Machine,
Whose YouTube stuff you may have seen?
Yes, he’s the “Uncle Iain” of
The online show we’ve come to love.
If you’re a fan of girlish screams
And chocolate sauce, expect your dreams
To come alive with every show!
(They’ve just gone on hiatus, though.)
We’re also happy to report
He tried the Collins family sport,
Triathlon, this past September.
Somewhere deep inside, the ember
Of a three-sport athlete burns
In Iain’s chest; before he learns
How to extinguish it, we hope
To shove him down that sweaty slope.
Siri, did you see who’s here?
Siri’s in her final year
Of college at DePaul, where she
Directs and does photography.
‘Cause college isn’t tough enough, her
Double major makes it rougher.
That Type-A personality
She clearly didn’t get from me.
And so, of course, she finds a way
To exercise ‘most every day
(Assuming good intentions count).
She must have done the right amount
To finish a half-marathon
Because she did just that. Right on!
She even let me share the fun–
A very hot thirteen point one.
Then, this autumn, she appeared
Onstage as crowds of children cheered
Her acting and her violin
In Esperanza Rising. When
She wasn’t in the spotlight, she
Helped run the show as its A.D.
(Assistant Director, that is).
She rocks at that performing biz.
I could laud the kids forever,
They’re so talented and clever,
Like their mother. What? I’m sorry,
Yes, of course she is! Oh, Kari,
Look who’s here! When they arrived.
I cornered them, but they’ve survived.
I didn’t even get to tell
Them Iain ran a half as well!
Kari’s still a teacher’s aide
For Salem-Keizer, getting paid
For tying shoes and wiping noses,
So she says, which I suppose is
True, but all her years of teaching
Means there’s lots of kids she’s reaching.
She’s amazing with the tykes!
(But it’s the part-time work she likes.)
I still service information
Down at DOJ. Elation
May not strike me every day,
But mostly I like work okay.
Eight or ten more years until
Retirement. I can. I will!
‘Till then, I’ll write and swim and run
Before and after work, for fun.
Hopefully, your year has been
More likely to have raised a grin
Than turned your smile upside-down–
There’s been a lot of that around,
But don’t let’s dwell on what we’ve seen.
Instead, a toast to oh-sixteen!
May Joy and Peace be all our lot!
(Unless Trump wins. Then, probably not.)