Hotel Saint Jacques


By Thomas M. McDade

What a wonderful sleep, despite the trash men’s thunderous indifference. The sound of merchants hosing down sidewalks is perfect for dozing and dreaming. In the breakfast room, six students at a table chatter about the handsome gents they met at Octoberfest. Others who chose a trip to Nice wax sarcastic about their fine “tans” and la soleil. The couple beside us plans their day. Raising her voice, as if a tour guide she says, “Château de Malmaison where Napoleon and Josephine resided for starters.” He places his hand on his heart then shoos away a bee circling the raspberry jam.

“I write to make use of my life.” – the author. Thomas M. McDade is twice a U.S. Navy Veteran serving ashore at the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Virginia Beach, VA and at sea aboard the USS Mullinnix (DD-944) and USS Miller (DE/FF 1091).

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