On Friday, Ellie received a belated birthday card from my grandfather and his wife. My grandfather is Italian by descent, and he embraces the family patriarch role with both arms. Here is the letter enclosed with her card:
Dearest, dearest Ellie,
We hope you had a very happy birthday.
We are sorry this card and letter are so late, but we did not know your new address at the time of your birthday.
Don't blame us, honey. Blame it on your peripatetic parents.
We send you all our love and good wishes,
Okay, we've been remiss in sharing our new address! Sorry!!! We are not going to post it here for sake of privacy (this is a public blog) and I prefer snail mail to email. I will send it out to friends and family this week, but if you want it earlier, just send me an email or leave a comment to this post. Thank you for the reminder, Grandpa!