This fish garland is made out of old newspaper, blue water color, old cereal boxes, and pictures of our family from last summer. We hung it last week in our dining room as a way to kick off summer vacation. I thought it would gear us up for water play, grassy sandwiches, and buckets filled with muck. Vacation had started in the usual slow to rise, happily still in pajamas kind of way, but soon turned terribly sad when we learned that one of Tom’s closest and one of my dearest friends passed away on Thursday, June 11th. Mark was a constant in Tom’s life from the time he was seven years old, and we are both having a hard time understanding that he is really gone. He is loved and will be sorely missed.