The Hoss clan had dinner together last night, celebrating Ellie and Mark as they get ready to head back home to West Virginia after our usual summer of fun. With all of us in attendance it was the perfect setting to distribute this year's paper toys for holiday giving assignments, so I hustled to get them done, finishing up finally on the car ride to Scituate.
The panorama that wraps each was taken at one of our parties on Ellie and Mark's ocean-view front porch, and hints at the happy craziness that's gone on there over the years.
But this time their departure is different. They're packing up everything and clearing out – on to new adventures. After a lifetime of ownership they've sold their cottage and won't be returning to it. They will, however, be returning to us, for more happy crazy times, where ever we are. We'll make sure of that.