|Dear friends and family:
In his grandparent’s village of San Giorgio di Morgeto, in the Calabrian mountains of Aspromonte, we met hardly any English speakers and although Gene could express himself fairly well, his comprehension needs a lot of improvement.
He met four third cousins he didn’t know existed but missed meeting another and a second cousin. He told them he’d be back when his Italian was better.
|We continue to increase our involvement with our granddaughters, Rose and Nina, who turn five this month. To free up Jeremy’s (and Ginny’s) time the girls have stayed with us in both our condos several times without their parents and we have stayed with them in their home, both in Gibsons and then in Whistler.
The family moved to their suite in Whistler for the winter and the girls attend a Waldorf school which they seem to like very much. We will all be together in Maui for Christmas and hope to enjoy the beach and other activities for the two weeks we’ll be there.
The girls mastered their pedal bikes and enjoyed downhill ski school this year. Rose’s chemotherapy treatments are successfully over (but she will continue to be monitored) and she has just caught up with Nina in weight although not quite in height. The two remain very much mutually supportive and complementary but show distinct personalities.
Elinor’s former home, Elivan, now has three very compatible girls in it along with two caregivers, and we think that the special home atmosphere that existed when Elinor was there will continue
(P.S. The cover photo shows one of our rare Victoria snowfalls.)
Jeremy is continuing work on his Master’s degree in Leadership and did not run for reelection to the Gibsons Council. He remains the primary caregiver as Ginny is heavily involved in her Executive role at BGC with a very demanding workload.
We are looking forward to our Christmas with Jeremy and Ginny and the twins. We hope that this has been a good year for you and that 2019 will be too.
|310-5332 Sayward Hill Crescent
|Calabria - 2018
|Regio di Calabria
|Calabria - San Giorgio di Morgeto
|Sicily: Palermo & Monreale
|Trapani & Mozia
|Segesta & Erice
|Villa Romano del Casales (Piazza Armerina) & Syracusa
|Mount Etna & Taormina