Tom writing at Louise’s behest, while she is in New York:
What Old Man did while wife was gone:
Watched wife go through airport doors and felt surge of vulnerability at possible loss of everything.
Weepy all the way home from airport.
Sat up until 1 or 2 AM with laptop. Worked on pictures, got sleepy and messed up the whole thing.
Woke up at 9 or 10 AM. Decided not to go to church.
Granddaughter Mira called at 1 PM, when church should be starting. “Grandpa, it’s my primary program today. Meeting starts at 2:55 PM.”
Crawled out of bed at 1:30 PM and went to son’s ward for primary program.
Muttered opening song. “Teach me to walk.” Thought, “Those are good lyrics. Who wrote them? Ah, Clara McMaster. I’ve had a crush on her since her funeral in 1997. No wonder the lyrics are good. No wonder the music is serene.”
Primary program with a million children, well organized, moved at fast clip, ran overtime a few minutes. Didn’t care. Had a nice time. Surprise, Old Man.
Home in time to leave again for memorial service for Marie Kibby Hansen at Red Butte Gardens.
Followed stream of cars past sign to Red Butte Gardens.
Followed stream of people into Natural History Museum. Hundreds, thousands of people. Up five flights of stairs and ramps. “Is this a memorial service?” Nice lady said, “Yes.”
Followed stream of people up ramps and stairs to the fifth floor. Looked at pictures of deceased. Thought, “That doesn’t look like Marie.”
Asked lady, “Whose memorial service is this?”
“I’m at the wrong service,” I said. “They have good food here,” she said. Stumbled back down five flights of stairs, on the way took mistaken path into dinosaur room, found way back out past dinosaurs.
Found way back to car and drove next door to “Red Butte Gardens” building. Rushed in. Lady at desk said, “Are you here for a memorial service?”
“What is the name?”
“Yes, that’s in the Orangerie,” she said. “You can take the elevator up if you’d like.”
Took elevator to Orangerie floor, walked into Orangerie while third speaker is talking. Looked at program to see when “The Gang,” the high school friends, will sing. It is the one thing Old Man’s wife wanted to hear about.
Program says “The Gang” was the first thing on the program. “The Gang” has sung.
Service ends. Talked to friends and to Phil, the husband, who was teary and sweet.Talked with Louise on the phone. Nothing better than that.