Dear Jude, we, aunt Marijke and uncle Pietro, were very fond of your daddy, Chris. From the day your mum brought him to a family reunion in Holland, we got off very well with him. Over the years he brightened up our daughters’ wedding parties, and we especially remember when your parents had come to India and Chris, dressed with a traditional turbant, participated in the Hindu ceremony playing the role of Cristina’s older brother. We also remember with joy the time the three of you came to stay with us for a couple of days in Barga. We even adopted a phrase that you and your daddy shouted when entering our door: “WE’RE HOME!”; this phrase has since become a standard part of our “family jargon”. We love you and your mummy very much, and we hope you’ll continue to come and visit us in the future. Marijke and Pietro from Luxembourg.