It is 3:30 and the day is far from over, but much has transpired. I missed Caroline's early morning texts to me and so, missed meeting her for a last-walk-this-trip around Green Lake. The day is brilliant blue, cloudless, cold. Everything is reflecting a golden, no, an almost amber light.
Later this afternoon, Jeanne is taking Kelan to a Jeff Kinney book signing, popular blockbusting author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Lauren and I will be doing errands together that will include a visit to Ballard Market to buy frozen packages of Remlinger Farms handpicked rhubarb to stuff into my suitcase tomorrow. And so this last day in Seattle goes.
The BIG NEWS is that our extended family has grown by three in 2013. Carrie and Robbie just became proud new parents of Rosemary, who will join Ben and Audrey as members of our tribe's youngest generation. Wonderful news. Mother would have loved these new babies. Dad now has nine great grandchildren. Wish we could line these nine up with Dad for a picture before he isn't here anymore. Dad delights in these babies, loves and sees too little of his grandchildren and said a day ago of his own three children, John, Kate and me, just how proud he is of us and our accomplishments. A pretty nice thing to hear.
Tomorrow is Thursday. I fly back to Houston to prepare the house for Caroline, Charlie and Lulu who will arrive early Saturday evening for a Thanksgiving visit. As I said, the days are eventful, always.