After Abby's Confirmation on Saturday and driving my sister to Logan Airport on Sunday, I took a couple of days off to spend with my dad. A big highlight of that break was on Monday: our annual autumn road trip to Weston, Vermont to see the original Vermont Country Store, The Weston Priory, and have lunch at the Bryant House. Some pictures of that trip follow...
We arrived at Weston around 11:30 and shopped for ~1½ hours. I picked up a decadent Irish sweater. At the priory we walked the grounds, joined the monks at mid-afternoon prayer, and stopped by their gift shop. I bought a book for the boys, a book for me, and a beautiful plaque that says "Ora et Labora". We stopped back at the Bryant House Restaurant for a nice lunch before heading back to New Hampshire.
One thing dad and I will never forget is that on the way back, one of the key roads was closed. Dad pulled out a map and gave me a promising alternate route. Unfortunately little did we know that it included about 10 miles of unpaved, dirt road. It was about the smoothest dirt road I've ever been on (certain better than some "paved" roads I've seen in Massachusetts), but unnerving to drive on because of how narrow and unprotected they were. Curvy with no guard rails.
That night we took the children for dinner at Amigos. Monday had marked the three year anniversary of the passing of my mom. Dad and I had prayed for her at Mass that morning. Amigos was the last restaurant night out that mom had enjoyed with us. A few days later her health got worse from the metastatic cancer and things deteriorated quickly.
Tuesday was much closer to home. Dad and I went to morning Mass. We worked together to prepare a slow cook dinner for that night. We parted ways when I went to the gym and he went to Tractor Supply. We enjoyed a lunch together at Red Arrow Diner. In the afternoon he worked in my yard while I prepared for tonight's CCD and picked up Abby's Clarinet from getting re-corked. Sister Marcelle joined us for the dinner and brought Abby to Youth Band at St. Patricks. I taught another CCD -- this time with an emphasis on the upcoming All Souls Day.