By Paul Morrone, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MSA
I was digging deep into the bowels of my computer’s file cabinet recently and was astounded to see that I’ve written and shared nearly 300 articles since we started our newsletter back in 2012. Quick math tells me that this number should not come as much of a surprise, but to see all of them in one place was eye opening. Many of you have read every one of them and as a result now know what makes me tick, what makes me laugh, what makes me smile and what I’m passionate about. You’ve rode shotgun with me during many a trip down memory lane, lived vicariously through me as I travelled the world, salivated over the stories I’ve shared about food, endured my ramblings about the weather, saw me move into not one but two houses and diligently followed me through many of the biggest moments in my life, from getting engaged, to married and now through the birth of both Kyle and Ryan. How’s that for a quick recap? I guess we can add a pandemic to that list, too!
I soon realized that I’ve had the pleasure of writing about many of my life’s biggest ‘firsts,’ which scared me a bit as I don’t (think I) have too many of those left. This got me thinking – what the heck am I going to write about going forward!? This fear was quickly calmed as I thought back just to the last 24 hours of my life where Kyle busted up his face falling off a chair (he’s ok – and was more concerned about eating more gummy bears than the bloody nose!) and Ryan developed a milk-protein allergy (he’s also OK, we just have to watch his diet temporarily). Fortunately, having children is a constant source of entertainment, meaning I shouldn’t be at a loss for words anytime soon.
Between COVID and children, I don’t foresee any long-haul trips coming up on the horizon. The thought of having to keep Kyle contained in an airplane seat for several hours is enough of a deterrent for me. With travel sidelined, I hope to be sharing more about our local adventures. What were once exotic trips to Europe and Hawaii will now be replaced with day trips to the aquarium or zoo or (eventually) long weekends in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. Assuming those go anything like what I experienced during my childhood, you’ll be hearing about our children fighting in the car, keeping us up all night or getting injured. Always crowd-pleasing topics.
Over the years, we’ve amassed a dedicated following of readers, some who will even check in to make sure everything is OK if we don’t have a newsletter out by 10:01am every Wednesday. It’s rewarding to know that so many people take the time out of their day to keep up with us, and the positive feedback we receive is our catalyst to keep the stories coming. With no expected shortage of content in the near future, we’ll continue on our weekly promise to fill your inbox with witty articles, cute pictures and even some wealth management content, too.
From both Tom and I, a sincere thank you for all the time you’ve taken over the years to keep up with us!