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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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October 13, 2008


Oh, Claire. I'm so sorry. The same thing is happening with my family now, too, and I find myself hoping and praying for a quick and painless passing and then doubling over with grief for what that means for our family. My thoughts are with you, friend.

Claire: Deepest sympathy. You are so rich in gratitude for every good thing in your life, and the individuals in your family must have nurtured that gift.

Your brief, loving tribute to your grandmother is indeed bittersweet. Inevitable or not, losing your her is unspeakably sad. And your family's next chapter will naturally include everyone's memory of her--and how greatly
she's missed. My condolences, K.

I'm so sorry, Claire. My thoughts are with you.



I'm so very sorry, Claire. I'm glad you were home.

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, Claire. I'm thinking about you and your family.

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