March 5, 2020

From Gerald R. Lucas

Raining for Days

Yes, it has been raining pretty consistently for the past three days. I know: come this summer we’ll be begging for some rain. I guess these are the new extremes of weather that we’re just gonna hav to get used to. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

Here’s my front yard, taken just minutes ago.

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In other news, I’ve been selected to participate in the MGA Study Abroad Incubator Program. I submitted my application and was not chosen initially, but I received an invite a few days later. I’ll take it. My proposal was for a study abroad program in Florence, Italy, to study Renaissance literature. What better place than where it began?

I’ll learn more details over the next couple of weeks, but part of the program seems top be a fall site visit for planning. Ah, Florence in the fall. Yes.

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And here’s a picture of me from today at lunch. Giles and I try to meet for lunch at least every week. I miss the days when we had little else to do than to get together with David and listen to Steely Dan all night. Now . . . well, life has changed. David is gone, and Giles has his mom to look after. I remember when Giles visited in the fall of 2002—when I had just moved to Macon—and he and I—him in his Passat and me on my Nighthawk—rode to Andersonville. That was a fun time, and as the years pass, one that grows less likely to be repeated.

Photo by Giles.

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(The older I get, the more I look like my mom.)