A Bit of Adjusting
Happy Birthday, Jim.
Jim has been prominently on my mind all day - not that he is not on my mind every day.
I made my usual Wednesday visit to Arlington yesterday and I am really glad I did - because I could not have gone today.
This was a memorable day - with a storm that sped through the DC area this afternoon. High winds, lots of rain and warnings. And later destruction.
Early in the day as storm warnings brewed I cancelled a taping of my TV show and then followed Jim's usual storm-drill: check the batteries in the camp lights because we often lose power, fill the gas tank in the car and bring in a bit of food to eat if I can't cook. My daughter Karen came over and stacked the deck furniture. Then - the dog and cat and I were ready to sit out the storm.
While I was out and about on my "survival" errands I stopped for lunch at Einstein's - our favorite local bagel shop. Sitting at our usual table by the large front plate glass window I enjoyed a "traditional lox and bagel" sandwich which we often ordered here.
Its a pleasant and comforting place for me because I am surrounded by memories of other times we have spent together there: after Italian class, making lists and plans, stopping between errands, reading or kibitzing with friends from the neighborhood. Scribbling in my journal today I thought of other stories that had started right there. I talked them over with Jim. I miss that - his in-put, his
support and encouragement, his interest - mostly I just miss being with him.
The storm came and went and so far I don't see any damage in our yard but hearing all the warnings of felled trees and flooded roads I decided to stay home rather than attend the 5:30 pm Mass which was "for" Jim on his birthday. The priest lives across the street so I knew he would keep the Mass Schedule without me and other family members in the pew.
And, I knew that if he had been here Jim would have said,
"we will adjust". So - I did.
I am grateful Jim's sayings, bits of advice and wisdom pop up at just the right moment to help me keep my balance.... by "adjusting".
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