“Oh my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…” NOT! The next 24 hours promise to be fairly hair raising, and so this will be my last post from home. Home as we know it, home in America. When next we speak, our French life will have begun and we will be in our new home. Goddesses willing, the DSL will get hooked up expeditiously and I’ll be back with you in almost a flash. It will probably seem like a flash to you because you won’t be crammed into a jet flying unnaturally close to the sun. To me, it’ll be long, long, long but hopefully worth it.
I remember vividly that day, a shockingly short four months ago, when we merrily said “hey, why don’t we go live in France for a while?” That moment planted the seed, and I’m hoping the fruit will be as sweet as we’ve been imagining. The process of our move has been absolutely like gardening, where you pore over the seed catalogues in a pastoral rapture, rake up the topsoil, sprinkle the seeds with hopes and dreams, then weed and water the hell out of it all until you’re dripping with sweat, scratched and bruised, aching with exertion, and never want to see another radish as long as you live. That’s where we are today. Radish overload.
The sweaters are vacuum packed down to the size of a brick and still don’t fit in the suitcase. A bag that would fly for free at 50 lbs and may weigh 70 lbs if we’re willing to pay for it currently weighs 57 lbs. That’s a misery, since we’ll be paying as if it were 70 lbs, and so we’d damn well better cram in another 13 lbs, but how?
Our dear Sushi cat, unhealthy during almost all of her short four years of life, refused to move to France and chose to become sick unto death instead, leaving the planet this morning. Beppo, never having been an Only Cat, is bewildered. We’re trying to teach him French, telling him “on ne te laissera jamais, petit minou” and it’s true, we’d never leave that little kitty, now our only furry companion.
Soon, almost unbearably soon, we’ll be setting off on what promises to be our greatest adventure yet. Please stay tuned and I’ll be back with you right after we tackle a message from the sponsor of all great adventures: hard work and inspiration.