First let me say that I *love* family newsletters. I know some people find them annoying (which probably stops more people sending them) but I really wish everybody would do one. I love the wrap-up of the year, where everybody is at, highlights and lowlights etc. The etiquette around receiving them is to do so graciously and without comment - burn it if you don't like it - so that's why I'm posting in off-topic. But I thought it would be entertaining to share:
My MIL sends the worst newsletter ever. The biggest issue is that it's not actually a newsletter, it's more a stream of consciousness, so it rambles from thought to thought over 4 poorly formatted pages without saying much at all.
The other issue is that it's very unfocused, so instead of talking about what's happened that year she'll give a full life history. e.g. this year she mentioned "Mr Ceallach and his wife Ceallach are living in Xtown where they moved four years ago for work". Which is fine, but next year will say "Mr Ceallach and his wife Ceallach are living in Xtown where they moved five years ago for work."
The worst is how she writes something then forgets the actual facts of what she's talking about, so she'll write: "Ben & Katie's daughter Cari turned twenty-seven in June. Or Ben was it July she turned twenty-seven?" yes. IN the newsletter. She talks to people about other people who most of the people have never even heard of or met in their lives.
Of course, the bit that really bothers me?
The bit where she says "Ceallach works in various admin jobs". Yeah .... see I'm actually a manager, 2IC to the CEO, and have over 60 employees reporting to me!!! I'm much more successful than her son (which he knows and loves - he is campaigning for a SAHD role!) -sigh- but that's ok. Maybe she'd know if she ever listened to a word we said, but of course we don't exactly make a fuss over what we do for a living! Plus, she doesn't really *do* anything herself so writing about what everybody she knows is doing (in her opinion/belief) is all she can fill the pages with. Anyway, as I said and despite appearances I really do love newsletters, and I'd hate for people to stop sending them just because they fear a reaction like mine. In a weird way I like her newsletter because it's exactly the way she talks and acts. This random, confused stream of consciousness that goes around in circles. And while spending more than 2 days in her company at a time involves the consumption of copious quantities of alcohol to survive, I am fond of the woman. She got something right - she raised a very awesome son!
But I'd love to hear about the newsletters other people have received! Anything amusing or noteworthy?