Tuesday, June 28, 2005
I Love Paris Every Moment of the YearYou know when you find out some information and you just need time to digest what it means and how it will affect your life? Well, for a while now I've known that I will be leaving France next month. Although this is no surprise to the people that see or speak to me daily, I just didn't know how to write about it and tell you loyal readers. I am sad because I do love France. I have a healthy relationship with Paris... every day I fall in love with the city but some days the people and rules drive me crazy.
My husband took a new job working for the Federal Government in Washington DC. He started his job weeks ago and I've been here trying to get through my days as a single parent. My husband wisely came back to visit my birthday weekend, but I will not see him again until mid-July. For those of you wondering why I'm visiting your blog less often, this is the reason.
One reason I haven't blogged about leaving Paris is that I don't want people to feel sorry for me because I'm at peace about moving back. I also don't want people to tell me every day how much I'm going to miss Paris. I know that. I love my life here. Although when I think about what I will miss the most.... it is my son's best friend. He's become like a second son in my family and I will miss being a part of his life.
My son's friend G eating a burrito for the first time in his life. He had two that night at dinner.
The rest... I know I will be back to see this beautiful city, eat the wonderful food and keep up the friendships that I've started. There are too many things I'm going to miss, but I know this will be on the top of my list...
Although I didn't think I'd ever like "going for a coffee," I have come to relish these moments with my friends.... Anna, Miriam, Ania, Denise, Pauline, Lisa, Michelle, Irene, Marie, Valerie.
I love Paris in the spring time
I love Paris in the fall
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles
I love Paris every moment
Every moment of the year
I love Paris, why oh why do I love Paris
Because my love is here
-- said Auntie M in Paris
I hope you will have time to go one last time to all the places you like and to do what you had planned to do but never actually did. Enjoy the lasts weeks!
Thank you for sharing your parisian experience with us.
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# posted by L'Oiseau : 1:44 PM
Good luck in DC I'm sure you will be happy wherever you are.
# posted by daisy : 2:33 PM
I do hope you keep blogging, even if it is not from Paris. I'm sure you aleady know that DC is full of blogging material!
# posted by Sammy : 2:33 PM
As for leaving, I'm sorry you have to. But DC will be interesting...great museums, great restaurants, etc., etc. I wish you luck and much happiness!
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# posted by : 3:17 PM
Good luck with the move to DC! Incidentally, I live and work in DC, so if you ever need a Francophile babysitter, let me know. :-)
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# posted by BohemianMama : 7:24 PM
I for one will be sad to see your blog go. While blogs by their nature are an exercise in ego, yours was refreshingly only about you tangentially and only when it fed the point. You taught me a lot about Paris that I didn't know (in fact a lot of things the French themselves probably don't know.) I enjoyed the every day nature of that info and I admire your dedication.
What are your plans for the future? Blog about DC? Book? Well earned rest?
# posted by : 7:37 PM
and you made an excellent point. what we really miss most of all are the people we meet and must leave behind.
# posted by maryse : 7:37 PM
The SAME thing, of course, that you have accomplished so beautifully with your Paris blog. So, here's an idea -- how about doing a Paris Memories/Plans Blog for awhile, once you are settled in D.C.? I know that we shouldn't dwell on the past, and that you will love D.C. But, it's never too early to start compiling a list of the things that you most want to do the NEXT time you visit Paris. And you have the best list-development skills one could have, after your time there.
Just think how much fun it would be for your readers to supplement their own Paris list-making with your knowledgeable thoughts! Maybe, during your adjustment phase in D.C., an occasional (even if not daily) pondering of a francophile nature, would help both you and your readers through the transition. For one, I know that I would LOVE it! Anyone else agree?
Sending you all the very warmest wishes for easy going with the multitude of things that you currently have on your agenda. Clearly, YOU will do well wherever you go!
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# posted by fraise : 9:23 PM
Thanks ever so for all the wonderful posts you have shared with us from my favorite city in the world. ~ bluepoppy
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# posted by Oz : 9:33 PM
And do keep blogging!
# posted by Sophie : 10:46 PM
Things to do in DC, museums & memorials, free concerts at the capitol. Or the beautiful bay :)
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# posted by mommy d : 11:11 PM
And believe me, there's lots to blog about from DC. I'm still envious of you. ;)
How weird is it going to be now, living in Anglophone land again? I bet being able to completely communicate with everyone is going to be a shock. I know it was for me coming back from Italy, and I was there for only two weeks! I was still talking Italian for several hours after I came back: "'Would you like a drink, sir?' 'Sí signora, grazie...er yes, thanks!"
Hmm, well when I go to Paris myself in a year, maybe I can carry on the torch for you!
But don't stop blogging, because your blog is my favorite.
LOL I was just thinking, if my career plans go as expected, I'm probably going to put my own family through the same torment as your husband!
# posted by Joe : 4:38 AM
I was "torn away" from paris about ten years ago and I've loved reliving the day-to-day through your posts. I hope you keep the site up, so we can reread your memories--and plan for future trips.
I'm sure you'll have a wonderful life in DC.
And...you'll alway have Paris!
# posted by Anonymous : 7:05 AM
Hope you the best.
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# posted by maribel : 2:52 PM
Reading your reports has become a part of my daily routine. I guess it is kind of like finding a great book, even as you enjoy reading, it will come to an end at some point.
I think when you step off the edge and go somewhere that is out of your comfort zone, it really makes you grow as a person.
I hope you will have wonderful adventures no matter where you go, best of luck.
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Welcome back to the States.
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(I love that Cole Porter song too!)
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# posted by Bonnie : 8:17 AM
I hope you have a smooth move! Good luck for your new chapter.
# posted by Lesley : 4:32 PM
Have a safe move and enjoy your new life in DC.
# posted by jules : 5:43 AM
Paris will miss you...
Blogger's everywhere will miss Auntie M in Paris.....
Moving on is hard but memories are with us eternally, and nothing can take those from us......
au revoir et merci a adoré, aimé et manqué déjà
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