Thank You


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Quite a number of people out there — many that I know, but also many that I don’t — wrote to me here, privately, on Facebook, and elsewhere to express their condolences on the death of my granddaughter, my first grandchild, slightly more than month ago.


For various reasons, I couldn’t respond then.  (I can never respond adequately.)  And then, as things began to settle down, I simply felt overwhelmed.  So many people to thank.  So many responses to make.  And, frankly, I didn’t want to think about it.  I was finally beginning to climb out of the abyss of grief, and wanted some time without looking back.


I was delinquent.


But I’m getting there.  I want to reply to as many people as I can, individually.


In the meantime, I would like to thank as many as I can collectively.


Your notes and expressions of sympathy meant a very great deal to me and my wife.


I’m a Scandinavian by heritage, and not much disposed in any case to public expressions of emotion.  So I was really surprised at how hard this one hit me.


Thank you.



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