A man and a woman
A man and a woman and a blackbird
-- Wallace Stevens
1. The Deke and I returned to St. John's Episcopal Church in Beltsville. At the foot of the altar rested a pile of pink, camo, blue, red, and other colors of backpacks because today's service marked the start of school with the priest blessing these bags with holy water and all of us saying prayers over them. The prayers were for students, teachers, administrators, and others who work at schools. I imagined one of the Deke's school bags being on the pile and was happy that this time was set aside to encourage and strengthen the Deke and all the other teachers as they move into this new school year.
2. I picked up the corgis from the groomers and enjoyed how their sleek clean coats and trimmed nails upped their swagger.
3. At shortly after 10:00 p.m., Patrick returned to Greenbelt on time from NYC on the Bolt bus and I helped him satisfy a craving by driving through at Popeyes so he could bring home and devour a three piece chicken and mashed potato dinner.