My wife has introduced me to many interesting pieces of popular culture - Audrey Hepburn, a Chorus line, Jesus Christ Superstar and many others. One of those was an Australian play called summer of the 17th doll, where people came together for years at holiday time.
Our families now are getting towards 17 years, possibly. Our names all start with "H" so it's the 3H Christmas. I unreservedly think of them as family, two of my wife's college friends, their husbands and kids.
And as the years roll over, we husbands have taken our turns at being in different jobs. The chef has been in goods and bads in hospitality. Settled, selling back into the hospitality trade. The "intrepreneur" has been in and out of a range of things and has settled into a robust role as an operations manager for an erp company.
This year it's my turn to be the question mark, as always not through my own choosing. It will be interesting to see how 2012 play out. In the short term, the picture still includes the University of Adelaide. I've certainly done all that I could this year to stay with them.
And given the number of close friends I've had with health issues, the fact that my kids are entering teenhood, and with aging parents I know that there are other, very important, things to consider.
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