When the Male Child came back from camp II it was spreading some of its belongings across the dining room table and among them was a small spiral notebook.
I do like notebooks. It's that school-supply obsession probably. I don't use them as journals but I like to have them around to jot down notes or sketch ideas.
I half recognized this one and the Male Child cheerfully admitted it had found it in a box somewhere and absconded with it. It tossed it over for me to look at.
Sketched plans for a play house made of pvc pipe and canvas.
Thumbnail designs for Child 2's Alaskan birthday party.
Wire frame of a web site design and a site organization chart.
The phone number for the hospital where our best friends were staying as the wife was being treated for the cancer that would eventually kill her.
Designs for some sculptures I never did.
Mailing address for the same friends in Texas - care package of lotion, a miniature zen garden and a hip flask for the husband.
List of things to do to the California house to make it livable - a reluctant list as we were deciding we would have to stay put for a while
List of chores
List of furniture to buy
List of things to do for friends' house and animals we had been caring for for a month while she went through surgery
Notes on how to treat an injury Kirk got just before he left for Iraq
And on the next page a set of notes for a temporary job I did after Kirk went missing.
30 or so pages.
A lifetime ago.