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After spending spring in Paris each of the last two years I decided to skip 2012. I was afraid that it might begin to seem routine if I went three years in a row, and I wanted these trips always to be special occasions.  I also had some particular things to do in Boston this year, including migrating MemDir.org to a new server (of which more later). So, no Paris in 2012.

It was a pleasure to spend spring in Boston for a change!  The flowers are almost as nice as in Paris, and I got out hiking several times, including my favorite trip, Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge in the White Mountains.

April in Mid Cambrige

April in Mid Cambrige

Mts. Liberty and Flume, Franconia Ridge, White Mountains, New Hampshire.

Mts. Liberty and Flume, Franconia Ridge, White Mountains, New Hampshire.

The weather in Boston was delightful, until it started getting hot, and it was dreadful this spring in Paris: cold and rainy almost every day.  I confess, however, that I couldn’t help thinking how lovely Paris had been the previous spring.  As well as patting myself on the back for having made a good decision I was also consoling myself for missing “what might have been.”

Now for some background… While I was growing up our closest family was the household of my Uncle Chuck and Aunt Jane in the next town over, the “Lexington Macks.”  I have many fond memories of times spent with them over the decades, despite interruptions of several years when they decamped to — of all places — Paris.  They became devoted Francophiles, and Jane prepared a three-course French meal nearly every evening of their lives together.  After Chuck died, in 2002, I helped out with some computer issues, and fell into a happy routine of dining out with Jane, until she moved to Iowa to be close to several of her daughters.  Last summer, Jane gracefully presided over a family reunion at Clear Lake, Iowa.

Aunt Jane with her daughter Nancy, granddaughter-in-law and two of her many great-grandchildren, at Clear Lake, Iowa, summer 2011.

Aunt Jane with her daughter Nancy, granddaughter-in-law and two of her many great-grandchildren, at Clear Lake, Iowa, summer 2011.

At Clear Lake Jane was frail, but enthusiastically enjoying her life and family. Sadly, last winter she began to fail, and she died in May. Her far-flung children organized two memorial occasions, the first in Iowa and the second at the family estate south of Paris, the lovely L’Ejumeau. I couldn’t get to Iowa, but how could I resist an invitation to L’Ejumeau? And if I were going to France anyway, why not rent once again the delightful apartment I stayed in last year, on my beloved rue Montorgueil? Just for a frugal month: my first September in Paris!

And what about migrating my server? The good news is that the new server was ready for me to start work before I had to leave. Ten minutes before I left for the airport! So along with enjoying Paris I will be migrating a complicated server; hopefully just this week, before my first guest arrives.