|The American Cemetery in Normandy|
|My dad and Claudia at a private salon, 2003|
|Evening river cruise on the Seine|
In 2003 my dad had a chance to accompany Claudia Hommel, a Chicago-based singer who specialized in French songs. I celebrated my 53rd birthday on the flight over to Paris in 2003. This means John was 63, my mom was 75, and my dad was 78. And to put these numbers into perspective, I am now 67 and John is 77.
My mom was so frail and so small and so blank for her last years. So to see this picture from our trip 14 years ago is joyous. We were in the Luxembourg Gardens having hot chocolate while my dad and John went to the Louvre. When John and I arrived in Paris two weeks ago, our hotel room wasn't ready so we went out for a walk - and there we were: right by the Luxembourg Gardens.
The last time I saw Paris? It was good. Very good.