On Sunday, we took a trip down memory lane: we drove to Albany to have lunch with Don’s former landlady, a sweet old lady from Canada who he calls Madame R., and to see his alma mater, the University at Albany, NY.
It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there, but it was worth the trip. Madame R. was the sweetest little old lady with a French accent and a charming apartment on the top floor of an apartment building. She used to be an amazing piano player and has a collection of hundreds of piano items.
Check out the piano salt and pepper shaker. Madame R. was married to a man from Germany, so we had a lunch with cold cuts — she also had cheese, phew — and rolls, and she had made an apple crumb cake.
We had a wonderful time, and Landon was a doll and let the adults talk. Madame R. used to invite Don to join her for dinner all the time, and once he drove her all the way to Canada and back for a visit to her family members.
After our time together, we checked out UAlbany, where Don spent four years and got his B.A in English.
It was so cold — the windchill probably brought the temperature down to zero degrees — that we couldn’t stand checking out the campus for longer than a few minutes.
I don’t think I’ve ever been that cold in my life — I tried to take pictures but the wind was hurting my hands so much, we had to get back into the car. But at least we were able to show Landon where Daddy went to college.
Then Don showed us more of Albany, while the traffic lights were dancing in the wind.
This is the Egg Building – The Empire Center for the Performing Arts in Albany.
And then it was time to head back home. We stopped in Hudson for a bite to eat, and got back around 9 PM.
Perfect day to spend as a family. I’m glad L got to see where Daddy went to college — I’d love to show him around UCLA one day.