day 217 They played basketball before school. I made morning coffee, cut fruit for breakfast, and checked the mailbox in the afternoon. The mail never came. I photographed a persimmon then cut it into wedges and simmered them with maple syrup, vanilla, and spices for syrup. The little one came into the kitchen and helped with dinner. He stood on the stool and tore lettuce leaves into thin threads. The watermelon stayed in the refrigerator, uncut.