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by Antonio Prokup
Christmas Letter 2009
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Dear Family and Friends,
                Another year has gone by and we hope all is well with you.  The Prokups have had a busy 2009 and still seem to have fun enjoying the relaxing moments even if they are few in number. 
                 As a family, the Prokups traveled to Florida this past summer.  We visited my grandma and grandpa and had a great time.  We spent days swimming and riding the golf cart around the villages.  Dominica was so excited that she got to drive the golf cart with Grandpa.  We also were lucky enough to have Grandma and Grandpa with us at Bevier for three weeks. 
                After leaving Florida, on our way home, we stopped at Branson to visit friends.  We got to ride segways, enjoy boat riding, and see one of the Branson shows.  The Haygood show was my favorite.  They were awesome.  I love our vacations because I love camping and spending time outside cooking and just enjoying the relaxing atmosphere.
                In November Dominica and Mama went to Kansas City to the National Catholic Youth Conference.  They had a marvelous time with 20,000 other Catholics.  They are still sharing stories about their experience.  Mama said that in two years I will be able to go with them to Indianapolis.  I am looking forward to having the opportunity to enjoy my faith with so many others.
                In keeping with tradition I will tell each of you, about each of us starting with my mom.  She continues to be my personal aide, Dominica’s basketball coach, and keeps all of us going in the right direction.  Without her endless energy and guidance I shutter to think what would happen to all of us.  She still enjoys watching all sports whether it is live or on TV.   Now she is enjoying watching her huge collection of Christmas movies throughout this holiday season. 
                Daddy is the hardest worker I know.  He gets up every day at 4:30 a.m. to get to the pharmacy and gets home at 7:00 p.m., if he is lucky.  He works very hard to provide for us and asks very little of us in return.  Soon he will be opening the old pharmacy building for a bingo hall.  He named the hall Antonio’s and the profit will go to autism charities.  I am so proud of him.
                Speaking of proud. I can’t think of that word and not think of my big sister Dominica.  She has had a monster year.  First, she made it to the state track meet as a freshman in the 100 meter hurdles and finished 13th in the state.  Also she was given the highest point girl award, in conference, in track.  She competed in triple jump, long jump, 300 and 100 hurdles.  During the summer, after playing traveling softball and basketball, she entered the Miss Bevier Homecoming queen contest.  She was awarded Miss Congeniality, the Roberta Hunter McVicker award and First Princess.  She looked lovely and beautiful.  Then, her high school softball team got 4th in state.  I got to see Dominica get one of the hits at the state level.  What an accomplishment!  Now she is in basketball and is averaging about 17 points per game.  I know this is a lot of wonderful accomplishments, but I appreciate most, that she is a kind and compassionate person to not only me, but to everyone she is around. 
                Now for me.  I am still typing my way through the communication world, but because of a new sensory diet, soon I know I will be talking to all of you.  In the meantime log on to the winter issue of the msta school and community magazine where I was the feature story.  The editor Sarah Kohnle wrote about autism and my experiences with the disability.  I was very honored to have an opportunity to tell my story in hope of helping others.
                Helping others is what Christmas is all about in my house. We help each other all through the year.  Please be safe and come see us soon.  Our door is literally opened all the time.  Friends and family seem to find their way to our home and we love it.  It is a good thing my mother loves to entertain.  So, see you soon.
                                                                                                Merry Christmas,

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