Jerry Zezima, a Newsday assistant editor who writes a nationally syndicated humor column for his hometown paper, The Show More
Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), I have decided to follow in that great tradition of boring everyone silly by writing a Christmas letter.
That is why I am pleased as punch (which I also drank) to present the following chronicle of the Zezima family, which includes Jerry, the patriarch; Sue, the matriarch; Katie and Lauren, the childriarchs; Dave and Guillaume, the sons-in-lawiarch, and Chloe, the granddaughteriarch.
It sure has been an exciting 2013 for the Zezimas!
Jerry has had a particularly active year. Because he is often compared to the back end of a horse, he covered a polo match and actually got to mount one of the ponies. A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. Except, of course, Jerry, who got an exclusive interview with the MVP (most valuable pony). Did the horse want to talk to Jerry? Nay.
Since Jerry has a feminine side, he tried out to be a roller derby queen. He didn't make the team because that's the side he frequently fell on.
Jerry took a class for kids on how to be a detective. He was guilty of arrested development. He also took a driver's education refresher class that was taught by an instructor who has a speeding ticket on his record. For the record, Jerry has two. And Jerry took a class on how to make ravioli. He brought his culinary creations home and fed one to Sue. Fortunately, she didn't have to be hospitalized.
Jerry also competed in a garlic-eating contest. He gobbled 13 cloves but didn't win. When he got home and tried to kiss Sue, she raised quite a stink.
Speaking of stinking, Jerry published his second book, "The Empty Nest Chronicles," an account of life in the Zezima household since Katie and Lauren left the nest but left a lot of their stuff behind. The book is, Jerry is proud to say, a crime against literature. It also comes in handy for propping up a wobbly table leg. You might even want to read it.
And because Jerry has been known to sleep on the job, he applied to be the new snooze director at Sleepy's, the mattress company. Out of 70 applicants, Jerry was one of five finalists. Unfortunately, he didn't get the position, which is horizontal.
He did, however, stay awake long enough to help paint a bedroom in Lauren and Guillaume's house. Jerry, who told Sue years ago that he had hung up his paintbrush, didn't bristle when asked to come out of retirement and assist Guillaume in painting the room pink.
They did it for a baby girl, which leads us to the best news of the year: the birth of Chloe, Sue and Jerry's adorable first grandchild. Proud mommy Lauren and proud daddy Guillaume are wonderful parents. Katie and Dave were Chloe's godparents at the christening and are a loving aunt and uncle to their little niece.
Jerry wrote a letter to Prince Charles to congratulate him on being a new grandfather, too, and received a postcard with a picture of the prince and his lovely wife, Camilla. It will be hung above the throne in Sue and Jerry's bathroom.
Jerry loves to play with Chloe, who not only is the most beautiful baby in the world but is already more mature than her Poppie. Whenever Jerry tells Chloe a joke, she smiles. The first time it happened, Lauren said, "Dad, that's just gas."
We hope your family has been similarly blessed and has had a memorable year, too.
Merry Christmas with love and laughter from the Zezimas.