Welcoming Julia Ravenel Matthews into the world


Let me finish tonight with someone who has just started in this life.

Julia Ravenel Matthews came into this world this Tuesday in the hour just before dawn.  She is healthy and beautiful and has a glow about her.  

I have no way of knowing what lies ahead for Julia - only that she will spend her life in this 21st century, perhaps right through ‘til the end of it.  

She will have great parents - Sarah and Michael - a loving aunt in Caroline, a doting uncle in Thomas.  She will have, in Suzi Ravenel, and in Kathleen and I, devoted, dazzled parents of her parents. 

We are very fortunate and thank you, so many of you, for recognizing that and sharing in our celebration.