Somehow, by some strange magic (and probably all the fruitcake too), we made it through a wonderful holiday break — presents were opened, holiday cheer was shared with all, relatives were politely asked to please stop arguing about politics during dinner (now I remember why I still sit at the “kids table”). All in all, it was a splendid holiday, and we hope that each and every one of YOU had a super fun and relaxing holiday as well!
And in addition to our regular bounty of presents — one-size-too-large sweaters, hot-pink knit socks from grandma, and gift certificates to Joe’s House o’ Crab — a peculiarly oversized package was mysteriously left on our doorstep here at 826. We were even more baffled when it began to shake and make squeaking noises. Amy kicked it a few times and John suggested we use the box parts to make a sled, but we finally agreed to open it and out jumped what looked like a strange and confused animal. We thought maybe it was some kind of misaddressed science experiment; perhaps an alien that had shipped itself to earth?
Nope! It was our new intern Ryan.
Ok, so I’m the new intern Ryan. Don’t ask me why I wrote that in the third person. Here, watch, I’ll keep doing it: Ryan is super excited to be here at 826 with all these wonderful people! Ryan can’t wait to see you! Ryan can hardly contain himself thinking about all the ways he hopes to help 826 become an even more spectacular place! Ryan ate too much fruitcake! Ryan loves 826!
Yep, so prepare to see yet another smiling face here at 826. I, for one, cannot wait for the new year to get rolling and for all kinds of mirth and magic to start happening here at 826 (honestly, though, when is there not mirth and magic here?). I’m excited, I hope you’re excited, and I hope to somehow, in the coming months, give something back to a place that has already given me so, so much.
It’s going to be a good year — stop on by.