In fact, I do this disappearing act every time I go away and stop writing for awhile. It used to worry me. Like I would never be able to write again. And I'd feel a bit like I had lost all my friends and that I deserved it. Out of touch and off the map.
But after many trips and far too much internal wrestling, I realize it is just my M.O. My way of reintegrating back into my other life...my french life. Apparently I need the time to feel at home again, relearn the language (every time I come back I feel like an infant in the language department), enjoy my city....and get comfortable with not being near my family.
So first, I need to share this photo with you. These two fabulous young, college graduates are the reason I went back to the States this time.
The dog did not graduate but he's my other boy and felt the need to be in the picture.
I love visiting them simply because they are such cool human beings. This time it was even more joyous. They've accomplished what they set out to do. One step in a long line of many more exciting and creative steps. And I couldn't have been more proud. I really don't think I could have! But it was a serious day. We're a serious family.
And now I have made la rentrée. It wasn't so difficult this time in spite of the 6 days of non-stop rain that greeted me.
I've dined and wined with all my friends, I've meandered through the annual home show...doesn't this beat the home and garden show in the local convention center?
I've had my coffee in the cafés where I've already had the pleasure of arguing love and politics, listened to jazz in the streets and delighted to an evening circus on Cours Mirabeau.
I've spent a Sunday in Isle sur l Sorgue at the fabulous market.
Stay tuned for more on these lovely rugs. They will be available soon at an internet site near you!
And Arthur and Maurice are back together again in our apartment.
I sense for some reason as if a page is turning. Life was different upon my return for a variety of reasons....not all so comfortable. Yet, I feel as if new and wonderful things are going to happen....I can just feel it. This must be the way my beautiful boys feel right now.
So, after a couple of weeks of getting my feet back on French ground...
Je suis confortablement installée.
It's good to be back and can't wait to find out what's new with all of you.