The good life and a mother¬â„s dead baby.

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We split the check, Raymond and I.
Around two–hundred dollars each¢â‚¬¦a rare extravagence
Foie gras.
Dungeness crab salad or a Caesar.
Kobe Beef.
Pork Loin
And the best potatoes I ever tasted.
We drank a fine red wine, the wine steward’s choice. (Two bottles among the four of us.)
Pecan cake and assorted desserts.
All of it tasted real fine and I waxed eloquent about calibrating our daily will to God’s.

The waitress was an English major at the U who wanted to be a writer, but now just wants to have fun for a few years, maybe five.

At an adjacent table I saw a T-SHIRT THAT SAID, “ART AND MUSIC SAVES ME” WITH A CIRCLE AND A CROSS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. I went to the table (forgive me for being rude), and asked, “What does this T-shirt mean to you?” (MY wife said I was being like Nigel). He got it in 1999 at Bumbershoot and his companion said he washes it and folds it very carefully and wears it a lot. He is a welder and likes welding, but comes from an artistic family and he was an English major and a “damn good writer”¢â‚¬¦he wants to write and his T-shirt betrays the writers heart in the welder’s body.

Did I mention that my mother died last week? When I got home I entered the phrase “my mother died” in Google. Weird, but it is what I did. (She is on my mind.) Google coughed up this picture of an elegant, long-necked, looks like an Ethiopian, woman carrying her dead baby.

This baby never got to choose between being a welder and a writer and this mother will never eat a meal or drink the wine or salivate over foie gras. This mother carries her dead child. Where?

If a butterfly flapping its wings in Texas affects the weather patterns in Asia, does my conspicuous consumption in Seattle affect a dead child and sorrowing mother in Ethiopia?

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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