By Normita Fenn
Posted Dec. 24, 2012
2012 was filled with many happy and sad moments! We spent two weeks in Hawaii in January for Bob’s golf marshal at the Sony Open and visited with friends and co-workers at HECO. Many new faces greeted us there but with the same Aloha spirit as before.
Our hearts felt so empty over the loss of our dearest Lanz, so in March we welcomed a 10-week old pure-bred schnauzer from a breeder in Santa Rosa. We named him Harper , a very handsome, smart, lively guy. He turns one on December 21.
Normita has completed her journalism studies. In her final article she writes, “ At last my lifelong dream to become a journalist will be written, the unpaved and smooth road revealed. How does one put into words precious lifelong experiences toward the path of fulfillment? Where does one begin? Tough questions for someone who came from a big, close-knit family, the youngest of 12, always dreaming, always writing, always in front of the class ready to recite and sing at a moment’s cue – why hide all the beautiful poems and love songs that fill the heart, she asks. “ With this ending, “The piercing sadness and the broken heart of the 16-year old are but a memory. Dreams are fulfilled. And now it’s time to build new dreams. This is destiny.”
A lot of sadness this year. Normita’s two nephews passed away unexpectedly, two weeks apart, leaving the family with so much grief. A Golden Gate University colleague and a close friend of Normita succumbed from breast cancer a few weeks ago. As I start writing this newsletter last week, the shocking event in Newtown, Connecticut, happened. No words can describe the loss of 20 children and six adults all in a single moment. In this Season of Christmas, let us pray for them and that their families may find Hope, Peace and Joy, that the memories of the Love lost embrace them forever.
Kaitlin and Ryan, children of Mike and Kristen, are both involved in a number of school sports. Avery and Conner, children of Dave and Laura, are much younger and also involved in sports programs at their school. All of the kids are also doing very well in their studies, we hope that with the academics and the sports that they will be able to attend great colleges, like Cal!
Bob continues to volunteer at the local library. We still attend Cal football (bad year) and basketball games and enjoy the experience.
From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The Fenns—Bob, Normita and Harper
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