Meanwhile, our poor, banged-up and sorrowing Pappy flew back to California and Utah to bury his sweetheart, to receive medical attention, and to figure out what would come next. Valerie, Rick, and I joined the welcoming committee at Los Angeles International, participated in the funeral, and then I followed Pappy and Ruth to Salt Lake, where he conferred in depth with doctors and Church authorities. After a lot of thought, discussion, and prayer, we told Pappy that we would be available to return with him to Paris, if his plans were to develop in that direction.

Here he stands by the willow adjoining Grandpa’s and Grandma’s house in Ogden. You can just make out the willow branches behind them, in the photo below, taken the same day.

I’ve just finished re-reading the addendum that Pappy appended to Mammy’s journal, beginning on Page 103, under date of Sept. 19, 1968. It’s incredibly tender and a real treasure for us, his descendants. To my moist eyes, it clearly belongs in Pappy’s Gedenkschrift, and that’s what I’ll recommend urgently to Brent.
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