Jane went with friends to Canada that summer, and Josh led his Pee Wee Mets team to victory at the playgrounds. In the fall, Josh began his last year of middle school and Jane her first in high school. We observed the holidays and birthdays at my parents' house with all the trimmings and food.
As my world darkened, I paid little attention to the events of the day - the Iran hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the resulting U.S. boycott of the Olympic Games, Dylan's first Grammy for the song Gotta Serve Somebody. I had been with the Anthropology Department for a little over four years by then and the other staff and faculty were becoming ever more aware of my disintegration.