A Christmas Letter

Dear friends, relatives, co-workers, and staff:

It’s been a great year. Actually, I’m being modest. It’s been an exceptionally phenomenal year. So phenomenal, in fact, I’m giddy just thinking about it.

Last year this time our family was in the process of switching beach homes. The Maldives are a real dump and the sight of natives made our skin crawl, so we just had to get out of there. We finally settled in Seychelles (off the coast of East Africa) after a painful moving process. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to transport yachts across international waters. Thankfully, everything arrived in tact and we survived the winter abroad. Come spring, we were back in Greenwich for Isabelle’s first day of Montessori pre-school. Her teachers say she has “extreme potential for greatness” which is both humbling and just as we predicted. I’ve enclosed a picture of our darling Isabelle at her school play. She was cast as the lead in a reenactment of the “Jack and Jill” nursery rhyme. Everyone said she has a real knack for the theatre, and we couldn’t agree more. Juliard class of 2036 perhaps?

Mason just started 3rd grade at the Trinity School in New York’s upper west side. The commute is brutal but he seems to really be enjoying it there. Last year he made the Honor Roll both semesters, earning nearly straight “A’s”. One very nasty (and incompetent) math teacher gave Mason a “B-” for no reason at all. She has since been let-go. Mason was elected class president and captain of the polo team (pictures enclosed). Quite honestly, we’re still not sure how’s he’s able to balance it all with his rigorous course schedule. His nanny tells me he stays up till all hours of the night working on lessons. I guess he’s got his father’s work ethic and we just couldn’t be prouder.

As for Henry, things on wall street couldn’t be better. Bulls and bears, stocks and bonds, I don’t really understand much of that stuff, but it keeps the lights on. Last Spring, he sprained his ankle while parasailing in Bora Bora (pictures enclosed). Thankfully, the Polynesian judicial system is equipped to handle such cases, and Henry was reimbursed for punitive damages. By the time he was back on his feet, summer had arrived, and it was time to relocate to Nantucket. The winter was kind to our summer colony although the sail boat took a beating. This was primarily the fault of our boat-keeper, who has since been let-go. With some help from our new boat-keeper, we took “The Isabelle-Mason” onto Nantucket Sound and watched the eclipse. It wasn’t so great.

Fall came too quickly and before we knew it we were back on the mainland. A new school year and new challenges. I got started on this letter in October and the editor got back to me in late November (go figure). By the time you read this, we’ll be jettisoned back to Seychelles (off the coast of East Africa), so please kindly forward any correspondence to that address. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season full of joy and anything else you might need.

Yours truly,

The Stuckenups

Featured image courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution


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