Dare to Be 100: Yes, Virginia, Wherever

December 29, 2014 3:48 PM

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This will be my 85th Christmas. All of them have been spent with family. First, for 20 years, Mother and Dad presided. Then wife, Ruth Anne, has been my co-celebrant for the last 63 years. Then kids joined the party. For 60 years our four kids and their partners have been in grand display. Then 30 years ago grandkids crashed the Christmas festivities. Now their loves are close by as well. This year our chorus numbers 15 of differing generations and last names.

So too has the number of sites of our celebrations. First was my ancestral home of Philadelphia, 15 years; next was Bala-Cynwyd, Pa. two years; then marriage and Bryn Mawr where we nested for three years before two years in the Army in Kawela Bay Hawaii; then residency training in New Orleans, one y...

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