My wife and younger son have gone down to New Jersey -- first to see my dying mother-in-law and later in the week to pick up my newly-married daughter and her newly-married husband when they return from Fiji.
Later today, I will drive my older son back to college and the beginning of a new semester. The house will take on that strangely different 'silence' when no one else is around.
But first I need some breakfast, a shaved face and a little zazen.
It's a bright, clear day.