Anna and I just had a final talk and came to the same conclusion: it makes no sense for her to jump hurdles to get to Europe right now, at the most chaotic time ever for world aviation. Even if she made it to Paris, and there’s still no guarantee of that with this fresh explosion of volcanic ash, she might not make it back out; that’s not something to have hanging over you on vacation. She can apparently get the fare refunded minus $200, so she is going to ask for that, and leave a place free for someone who wants to get home. I nearly wept today, missing her so much, seeing everything I want so deeply to share with her; this will be tough for us both. But it’s too dangerous. They have no idea what’s going on up there, what that dust means to planes, what the volcano is doing, where the winds will go next.
So I am feeling sad today, but I’ll get over it. It’s just that we gave up last night, then had our hopes restored this morning, then had to give up again. This morning I bought food at the market for us to eat together and now will eat it alone. But … I’ll eat it. It will be eaten. We both feel strongly that this is the right decision. I miss her with every fibre in my body. But it’s just a cancelled trip. We’re all healthy. It’s really not a big deal.Went to Café Rostand this afternoon for a coffee with my new friend, an hour in the sun across from the Luxembourg gardens, commiserating about our worries for our children and our parents, and for her, her granddaughter too. But enough. Now it’s clear – I am here alone for ten more days (I hope only ten, since I have to get home too), and will make the best of it. I will get some work done and somehow, just somehow, enjoy Paris too.My beloved girlie, how I wish you were here. I promise to bring back a great deal of cheese. Today, near Luxembourg, I passed the Air France offices – the line-up was out along the street, with staff patrolling to keep order. Look, right now, there’s something in the sky – not a bird, not Superman, it’s an airplane, heading east. Haven’t seen one of those for awhile. But it’s the only one.