Saturday, January 22, 2011


Mabel Watson Payne accompanied her father and mother to the East Bay on a warm Saturday afternoon for the customary January ritual when my daughter prunes the roses in the garden where she grew up. Seldom is the weather so summer-like when the time rolls around for this annual winter-time activity.

The trip over from San Francisco on BART was one long amusement-park ride in the eyes of Mabel Watson Payne.