Thursday, August 28, 2008


I am vacating my apartment tomorrow as I leave for work because they don't hold them for folks who go on vacation. So I have been doing laundry, running the dishwasher, packing, and watching the tail end of the Democratic National Convention. It is past midnight, but I have done what I need to do tonight. Tomorrow I slog my way to the car with two bags, a briefcase, the girls, one bag of supplies and weather radio to go with my coworkers this weekend and one bag of non-perishable food and stuff to stay with a coworker until my return. Way too much lugging. I will have to make two trips from the carpark to the office but that's OK.

It is OK because I am well and healthy (for a sedentary old codger) and ready - after some last-minute tasks in Albuquerque - to go on a road trip with my very best friend to see people and places we love.

Also well and healthy - but you know they have to be shaken - are two dear friends.

And that's where the perspective comes in.

You see, a tree fell on Jane R's house. Even small storms can do surprising and unexpected damage. So let us remember Jane and +Maya Pavlova, who seem to be doing fine - thanks be to Godde - and yet their world just changed and their secure home breached.

Love to you two ladies!

Meanwhile, Gustav has not been kind where he has already visited.

So we hold each other in our hearts.
--the BB


FranIAm said...

Oh dear - all that lugging about.

Godspeed on your travels and for all the residents of the Gulf Coast and wherever else Gustav might want to go.

And so many prayers for our Jane and Maya. She is so remarkably unflappable, our Jane is. We love her.

And we love you too! Safe travels.

Paul said...

Yes, our Jane is amazing. I shudder to think of what they are going through after the arboreal event.

Thanks to all for good thoughts and prayers. I am typing this in the New Orleans airport and it is a beautiful day with flights on time, though somewhat heavier traffic than usual (and folks with more baggage than usual). I can't talk, I have two checked bags plus my briefcase. Expect to nap most of the way home.

Hugs to all!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Paul, have a safe flight and a lovely road trip. All that lugging will be worth it.


Paul said...

Thanks, Mimi, and you and GP have a safe drive. May all you family weather the storm safely and the ordeal be graced.

((((((( Mimi )))))))

[This comment posted from the Phoenix Skyport. Almost home!]

Jane R said...

Thanks, Pablito! We love you. +Maya is a bit agitated following her adventure, but seems to be coping.

Mimi, thinking of you and sending much love. I'm big on prayers to Our Lady these days and you are in the prayers. May She watch over you and your family.