bring them in. If she does bring them in, they are left in the front room
without further notice.
So Thursday I was surprised when I arrived home and my wife said "This box
arrived for you today" and handed me a box. She seemed to be holding it a bit
gingerly, although that may have been my imagination.
When I saw "CAMPMOR" on the side of the box, I realized it wasn't my father's
ashes (which will probably arrive Monday), but some silk base layers I'd ordered
-- which came in handy on Friday, when it was very cold.
My father would have appreciated this. As a construction worker who sometimes
had to spend winter days outside, he was fond of what they called "base layer"
back then -- long underwear, usually made from cotton.