Quotidian: a word embracing that collection of ordinary and mundane activities and events which one experiences on a routine or daily basis.
“Here you are!” Mom exclaimed as I entered the house after work and sat with her and Dad in the family room. “Tell me about your day?” I invited. Mom recounted how, the day being cold but sunny and bright, she and Dad had decided to run some errands. She drove her Subaru with Dad to pick up her newest needlepoint from the dry cleaner where it had been blocked, then to take it and three other newly-blocked needlepoints to the frame shop and selected frames—they’ll be done in about a month—then to the Burger King drive-through for Impossible burgers and fries and Diet Cokes, and while waiting for their food watching as police officers from three patrol cars placed a man in handcuffs and searched his car in the Burger King parking lot, then came home and fell into their recliners to watch NCIS and eat their Impossible burger meals. “We’re pooped!” she exclaimed. Mom then reminisced about Lynn Freeman from her University of Utah days who was a good friend and who had dwarfism and who was on the university swim team and who became a first-rate painter—I have admired his two paintings on their walls for five decades—Lynn gave her one painting as a wedding gift in 1962. I told them a bit about my work day, and the new book I’m “reading” during my commute: Leadership, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, about the qualities that made Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson such pivotal leaders in American history, being connected in a line of admiration and mentorship back to George Washington. As stood to go to my rooms, Mom told me they had just ten minutes left of the last episode of the last year of 18 years of NCIS. She owns all 18 seasons on DVD.
Pictured above: Still Life, by Lynn Freeman.
Pictured below: Scene of Old Park City, by Lynn Freeman.