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by William Martin

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touched and delighted, but also aware that the last romantic weekend of 1993 would inevitably assume a different character than we had planned.

I was scheduled to check into the hospital by about 4:00 on Sunday afternoon, which meant I needed to leave Wimberley by noon. Jeff could rent a car in Austin, but to maximize time with them and also to give Patricia a chance to visit with her parents, we decided to take both cars. I would check in on my own and she could drop by the hospital in the evening. It meant both of us would spend several hours alone on the highway at a time when we would prefer to be together, but it seemed like the best solution.

We didn't get off as early as we had hoped to on Friday, and when we finally made it to the hilltop, we were both fairly tired. We watched the news to see what the weather would be and drank a glass of wine. We made love, sincerely but not spectacularly, and promised each other that Saturday night, children or no children, would be an affair to remember.

Jeff is an easy guest and we all took pleasure at watching Samantha pick up nails left by carpenters and marvel at the prickly pear and deer and cows and fire ants, none of which are indigenous to Brentwood, California. Saturday evening, we went to dinner at the Cypress Creek Cafe, where we ate the national dish of Texas, chicken-fried

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