This is a rough transcription of a long conversation with Patrick and Ivonne from 23 March 2017. We began by talking about a Spanish author in Valldemossa before hearing the story of two sisters who canned anchovies. I welcome any suggestions that would improve the transcription. Thanks! JPI’m the son of Patrick of Meadows.
De Ivonne: Aqui te envio mi escrito para publicarlo si quieresen la web, junto con la foto de Deia. Un beso y cuidado en las carreras. — From JP, to those who don’t speak Spanish: use the Google Translate feature, located above the search bar on the right. — . A dos dedos frente a […]
La voz de Patrick en las palabras de una amiga. Cierro los ojos y lo oigo…cada mañana Que bonita es la vida!, que bella!… hoy he visto al hombre con su tractor bajo el sol, entre els marges cuanto trabajo le queda cuanto trabajo hace como redibuja mi montaña como me enseña sus secretos siempre […]
There, wadded up in the pocket of Patrick’s bathrobe, hanging in Ivonne’s closet, in the Old Town, on the island he so loved, were his suspenders. Memories surfaced: His dapper look, bearing his age with dignity and class. New memories emerged: Packing the boxes, sorting out the things people wanted, the things to donate; sending […]
Our lives are like birds. Sometimes they fly together, sometimes one is above the other, or below, but ultimately every bird falls from the sky. And yet, we somehow still see them, always flying, even after they disappear. When they don’t return, we can only hope that they’ve just flown away. (inspired by a conversation […]
Conversation with Patrick about his few remaining paintings, and specifically the one he wanted to go to Ivonne. I started the recorder just after asking about the small painting of nine people. Near the end of the recording we talk about a painting by Norman Yanikun. That painting is for sale to help defray the […]
Transcription of a recording from 25 Mar 2017. Patrick began by talking about a house in Valldemossa and Ivonne’s generosity with her mother, then the topic shifts gears to when to take his next pill. You can definitely here the pain in his voice. … that place in the house in Valldemossa where there’s an […]
Conversation from 24 March 2017 in which Patrick describes his first computer while Ivonne makes a delicious dinner in the background. Sadly, you can hear his groans of pain during the conversation. I posted the recording a while ago, which I’ll now delete because this version has the transcription. JP: [To Ivonne] Smells so good! […]
This is a letter I wrote to my family on 23 March 2017. Today was another full day and I’ve not had a moment to myself except for that time during my brief walk. Hope you understand my delay in response. He was in a lot of pain getting up this morning, but eventually his […]
The second recording of a snippet of conversation with Patrick, who talks about a self-published book that would make a good fantasy film. Other things are also discussed with JP and Ivonne. Recorded 23 March 2017 in Palma. The first recording is called “Author in Valldemossa” but is too big (almost 15 minutes and 4 […]
This conversation of 23 March 2017 with Patrick is about some of his unfinished stories. The transcription is below. Patrick: Some stories are not finished yet and it says “to be continued,” and the very last one is obvious, it’s right in the middle of the story. But there are many of them that are […]
A conversation recorded three years ago today, in which I say something that is incredibly difficult for my family members to say to one another. Some of it is in Spanish, most of which is indecipherable to me. JPI’m the son of Patrick of Meadows.
This was a conversation between Patrick, Ivonne, and JP. It started with information about learning Spanish (there’s a separate recording that covers that in great detail), and then building a home, and from there to types of police officers in Spain and the U.S. There are places where Ivonne spoke in Spanish too quickly for […]
E-mail sent to family on 21 March 2017. Today was a day with a lot of sleep for everyone but it didn’t start that way. On Monday afternoon the latest doctor told Patrick he shouldn’t go anywhere except bed, chair, or bathroom, for fear of causing more damage to his back. JPI’m the son of […]
E-mail to the States from JP on 20 March 2017. Today has been another series of small adventures. In the morning we went next door to the hospital for Patrick’s ‘rehabilitation’ session. During that hour, Ivonne and I went to pick up the car from the repair shop, where it received a new battery and […]