While enjoying the 4th of July holiday, I took off some time to help Jeanne pay some bills and organize her desk, which is actually a beautiful table that was holding basketfuls – nay bushelfuls – of mail. Here were some of the high points of what I found and Jeanne’s running commentary during the process.
1. What I found: Thousands (seriously, thousands) of sticky return-address labels sent to Jeanne by the Veterans. Some of them had an address she and Bob haven’t lived at in 20 years.
Jeanne’s comment: “Don’t throw them out! I can give them to some of my piano students as stickers! They’ll love them!”
2.What I found: A Bar Mitzvah invitation from, I kid you not, 2005. They still haven’t RSVP’d.
Jeanne’s comment: “That’s the Levine boy! We really wanted to go to that Bar Mitzvah. It was in Utah. Who knew there were Jews in Utah?”
3. What I found: The checkbook that goes along with her bank account.
Jeanne’s comment: “Do you know how long I’ve been looking for that?”
4. What I found: Her Esso Gas Card. Need I say more?
Jeanne’s comment: “I haven’t seen an Esso gas station in a long time. Have you?”