The mom and dad are smiling and in their Sunday best. There's not a hair out of place. The kids are smiling and their eyes are twinkling. They obviously look like the kind of kids that never whine or fight.
Year after year we get their very best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
The matter of the thing, is that, I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE.
For over 5 years, we keep getting a card from these people. We don't even know anyone that lives in the state it is mailed from. We don't know anyone by their name. We have no idea who they are.
This year, I am finally sending them a card. I mean, after this many years, I feel like I'm stiffing them. And, after this many years, I feel like I know them.
Dear Mystery Friends,
When so many of my real friends forget to mail me a Christmas greeting, or I've dropped off their list, you are steadfast and reliable. It's like I feel like I know you after so many years of seeing your family grow.
Best Wishes for the Holidays,
Your Mystery Friends
However, when I send them a card from our family with our picture, maybe THEY'RE going to REALIZE that they don't know us either.