An End, and a Beginning

Yesterday was Father's Day, a day that usually comes and goes without my noticing much. It's been 14 years since my Dad left this world and, without children of my own, there isn't any direct celebration of this holiday in my life. But it doesn't mean I don't acknowledge it, or call out to my father's spirit, which I know is with me always.

I first embraced the idea that my father was always with me in Grasse. You see, my Dad passed away just a few weeks before my first visit in 2002 to Galimard Perfumery (for whom ESCENTUELLE is a certified distributor). I was supposed to have my one-on-one training with their master perfumer, Jacques Maurel (pictured below), in late September 2001, but you can easily understand why that didn't happen. I was being sent to Europe for my job (in publishing) and was adding on vacation days for my hobby (perfuming). So when my company rescheduled the trip for February and my Dad passed somewhat suddenly in late January, I couldn't ask them to change...

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