While reviewing many of these newsletters, I realized that I have referred to myself as a "first year legislator" on multiple occasions. The significance of this to me has been the steep learning curve that has accompanied the beginning of this exciting job, and I want to thank all of you who have been such an instrumental part of my experience thus far.

From my husband Phil to my two sons Dylan and Foster, my parents, my extended family, my fellow first year legislators, my more seasoned colleagues, my staff, my interns, and my phenomenal constituents in Lexington and Woburn—this year would not have been half as engaging, fun, or successful without all of you who worked alongside me to do the hard work of democracy. Thank you!

Photo: The "Woburn Delegation," Sen. Cindy Friedman, Yours Truly, and Rep. Rich Haggerty, served up the ice cream at the Woburn Senior Center on November 21st.