I almost never go into the upstairs of the house these days because the only things up there are two guest rooms and storage. But I’ve decided to bring the desk down from the small guest room for my foster daughter to use, so I went up this morning to measure it so that I know where to put it when it comes downstairs next weekend.
When I opened the top drawer I smiled as I saw a stack of drawings that my now 13-year-old niece has left behind. But when I unfolded one in particular, I laughed.
Here’s why: A few months after Paul died, my niece and nephew came out to visit. It was my first time having company since his death and I knew it was going to be difficult. Thankfully, Flik and Haden understood how hard it would be for me and were not terribly uncomfortable when I was upset. I’m sure it was hard on them, too, since it was the first time they were in my home without their Uncle Paul around to tell them jokes and teach them to juggle.
One of the things we did was take a hike up Kamiak Butte. It was my first time tackling the hill without Paul. And once we got to the top, I took my first post-Paul “we forgot the tripod” shot—something that was actually more difficult than I imagined it would be.
And I laughed at that specific picture because it was a ‘we forgot the camera’ drawing of the three of us at the top of the butte.