While my son took care of business before departure, I was able to help him out organizing and cleaning the house. Call me weird, but I thrive on having jobs to do for people, not sitting around taking up space.  I have a whole agenda of stuff to do while everyone’s away.  They keep encouraging me to just chill, but it’s not my style.  I feel like I’ve wasted too much time already.

Still we grabbed a moment at our respective computers in the office, drinking Suntory (Japanese) whisky and eating Greek and Roman pizza. ( Now there’s an interesting mixing of cultures.)   I know my son is stressing over the complexities of the coming week, and I don’t blame him, it’s not an easy situation.  But I know we are both glad I’m finally able to be here and be part of each other’s support system.  Also, I’m a paper-shredding machine!

Now he’s about to take off into the air, and I’m sending him off with hopes for a safe and smooth trip.

It’s getting more challenging by the day to capture nature photos as everything fades and goes dormant, but here are some attempts.



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