Saturday, May 28, 2011



Dad in my grandfather's joinery, circa 1953. He had started helping my grandfather, Remi, at age fourteen, probably even earlier.


Dad, aged 76, repairing a foothpath along the parking lot, late autumn 2010 as evidenced by the warm clothing he's wearing. He is removing old grout with a grinding disc. This very last stretch of one meter is the last part of a job that had cost him the better part of summer. Ten years earlier the entrepreneur had applied grout with far too much sand in it, with the result that much of it had given way to weeds. Dad was about to put better grout on the very spot you see here when severe cold and wetness set in. He put away his tools, deciding to finish the job in Spring 2011.

He never got that far.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.


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