Wednesday, December 24, 2014

May You Always See The Wonder Of It All

From my family to yours, wishing you the happiest of holidays and a healthy (!) New Year.



kirsten said...

So beautiful. Here's to the love that surrounds you and fills you and carries you through.

Cathi said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family too! xxoo

Alyssa Hertzig said...

Wow! I LOVE this series of photos. I am so impressed that you have done this for so many years. What a wonderful thing to have. So sweet!

Mr. X said...

Dear Susannah,

As the year winds-down, I've been thinking more about you and your family. I hope you're keeping your head straight and that Bryan and the kids are doing well.

For me, this has been a bit weird.

Fifteen years ago, while living in Dallas, I commented that the Internet was simultaneously making our country more connected AND less connected.

It was the heyday of the Internet boom. was only a few years old, companies were announcing IPOs left-and-right, and CareerBuilder had all those monkey commercials. (I FUCKING LOVE THOSE CHIMPS!)

But, even then, I noticed how I was spending more time at my PC and less time in the "real" world. I talked and e-mailed with my friend in Boston waaay more than the neighbors on my street. In fact, I didn't know or ever meet most of them.

Anyway, over the ensuing years, as services like MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter emerged, I was pretty sure the end of humanity was near.

Then, a funny thing happened.

Several years later, by complete "accident," I stumbled upon your blog.

Okay, the REAL way I found it was kinda bass-ackwards. I was actually searching Google Images for the term "turd sandwich" (really) and found this 2008 post on your blog:

Why the hell would I search for that phrase? Well, that's a different story for another time.

Anyway, after stealing that photo, I read a bit of your writing and got hooked. I bookmarked the site and occasionally returned to read random posts. It always made me laugh and the writing was (and, still is) amazing.

That's not hyperbole, it's a fact. You may even recall that I once e-mailed you to compliment your style and humor and noted my other favorite writer is David Sedaris.

This is a very long-winded way of letting you know that you've positively and permanently impacted my life. Earlier-on, it was your talent and humor. More recently, it's been your vulnerability and honesty.

How silly that I once thought the Internet was actually reducing my ability to connect with others in a meaningful way. In truth, it allowed me to care about a family that's 2,200 miles away and whom I've never met.

I know you're leaving soon for Tel Aviv, but I hope you don't feel alone in the journey. Sure, physically, we will not be there with you. But, you can carry us in your heart and mind, as you and your family will most certainly be in ours.

Happy. New year.


Mr. X