…began shortly after midnight with our two kids awakening. I thought it was near dawn, but was puzzled why there were people out walking in the streets. Then we realized it was 12:20. They got to sleep near 4 probably, and I got up again at 9 to go running with my mom’s Parisian friend, Gilles. He has a key to the nearby athletic track. It was raining, but we carried on for several laps.
We then unpacked (it has taken us three days to unpack), and laid out all our clothes for the two girls and ourselves. I have a handful of things for Fall stowed in the back of the closet since we’ll be here until early November. After eating, showering and shaving, I set about John’s office. This is the room we need to finish reconciling, to convert it into a bedroom before my mother-in-law Beth arrives, in early September.
My mom has removed most things from the office (it was a nightmare), and now all that remain are books, CDs, videotapes, and random things of importance to John, who passed away last October. Of course it’s difficult going through a loved one’s things after they’re gone. I had to take a break a few times, and found myself easily distracted by the artifacts, such as original drafts of books he’d written, photos, pocket knives, his collection of flasks (one engraved “JP”). My fingertips are peeling badly, which I presume is from my last backpacking trip, and four days of intense hiking/dehydration. So my mom gave me some special fingertip cream, designed for guitarists. Kid #2 has awakened from her nap, so I will sign off.