April 12, 2016

Monday, December 31, 2012

Who is that unmasked man?

Happy New Year!

This year's Shovan Family holiday card featured the four of us, with a cameo appearance from a famous statue.

Robbie (15), Julia (12), Rob and Laura with the man who may be our ancestor.

I grew up visiting my grandparents in my mother's native Nottingham, so I was shocked (shocked, I tell you!) at the number of people who inquired about our mystery man's identity.

Have you guessed who he is and where we are yet?
According to my cousins, pranksters are fond of stealing his arrow.
 "Where are you in that photo?" they ask. Or, "Who's that statue of?"

Maybe you'd guess if his tunic and hat were Lincoln Green.
Three points for those of you who guessed Robin Hood. This iconic statue can be found outside Nottingham Castle in the English Midlands.

Our trip to the U.K. was the #1 highlight of 2012. Here is our family's 2012 Top Ten.

10. Robbie's robotics team competed in the VEX Robotics National Championships and Laura's poem "Robotics" appeared at New Verse News.

9. Julia played the role of  Macbeth at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's summer camp.

The Bard Buffs at the Globe, London.

8. Laura's third book was published, Voices Fly: Exercises and Poems from the Maryland State Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Program. (Co-edited with Virginia Crawford.) Maryland Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly and Governor Martin O'Malley wrote introductions for the book. (Download your free copy!)

7. Rob started a new job.

6. Robbie's high school marching band took second in states and fifth in nationals. He looks super cool playing marimba. (The band is playing at the Gator Bowl tomorrow, 1/1/13.)

5. Julia sounds like an angel on the clarinet, but she's a beast on the field hockey pitch.

4. Laura's poem "Fringe" was a finalist for the 2012 Rita Dove Poetry Award. Still busy as editor of Little Patuxent Review.

3. We welcomed a  new cousin, Jagger Max, on April 1!

2. Laura, Robbie and Uncle Jay were winners at the Warrior Dash.

1. We had a great time visiting London, Nottingham (where Nana grew up -- Hi, Auntie Susan!) and Edinburgh, where this photos was taken:

We loved Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions.
Whew! It was a busy year.

Tonight, we are taking it easy. Robbie is in Florida for the Gator Bowl parade and game. Poor Julia is starting the new year with no wisdom teeth. My brother and his crew are stopping by for spaghetti arrabiata with lobster and chocolate souffle. I hope our patient is up for a visit from her little cousins!

We'll sign off with the final stanza of John Keats' poem "Robin Hood."

 So it is: yet let us sing,
Honour to the old bow-string!
Honour to the bugle-horn!
Honour to the woods unshorn!
Honour to the Lincoln green!
Honour to the archer keen!
Honour to tight little John,
And the horse he rode upon!
Honour to bold Robin Hood,
Sleeping in the underwood!
Honour to maid Marian,
And to all the Sherwood-clan!
Though their days have hurried by
Let us two a burden try. 
Read the full poem at the Poetry Foundation. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013 from all of the Shovans, including Sam. His top ten would include visiting the grandparents in the Catskill mountains while the rest of us were with our "Sherwood Clan."


Renee LaTulippe said...

Happy New Year, Laura! I love your top ten and your Robin Hood connection. Clarinet and field hockey? That was me, too, haha! Hope your evening is lovely and that 2013 brings you much joy. :)

Michael Ratcliffe said...

Happy New Year, Laura.

The Nottingham comments in your post reminded me of our first visit to Sherwood Forest in 1992. Somewhere in Italy is a home video that an Italian tourist took outside the Sherwood Forest visitor's center that includes my son, Zach (18 months old at the time), looking very cute in his felt forester's cap and felt shoulder yoke, and having his cheek pinched by an Italian woman saying "ah, Bambino! Bambino!"

Linda B said...

So, honour to the Shovan clan, performing activities with such élan! I loved hearing your top ten for the year & it does sound like such a year, Robin Hood and all. Happy New Year Laura!

Tabatha said...

Loved your list and photos so so much! Also, Linda's little Shovan rhyme was perfect! :-)
How was the chocolate souffle? I've never made one. We had fondue last night (chocolate and caramel for dessert, cheese, gravy and broth for dinner).
Hope today goes smoothly for your patient!

Author Amok said...

Thanks for stopping by and for the comments, everyone. We are having a rough recovery from the oral surgery, so my focus is on kid TLC. Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!

Author Amok said...

Oh, Tabatha -- we had so many holiday cookies left over (and fresh, soft brownies from a friend for the patient) -- I skipped the souffle. Will probably do it this weekend. It's easier than people make it out to be and SO delicious.