Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Writing Again, at long last

We’re back. Well, that’s obvious. We left from France over a month ago. I’ve been in silent mourning since our departure, thus the promised postlude has been slow in coming. Truly, our return in December was overwhelming, busy, family-filled, wonderful, sad and suddenly we were right back where we’d left 4 ½ months prior. 8-lane highways, crowded malls, comfy bed (ah, yes, how I missed the comfy bed), TV watching, eating Mexican food, spending time with family and community.

The precarious mix of good and not-so-good things that fill our normal life took shape once again, and sometimes I forget I was able to step out of it for a season. The questions are waning- “how was it”, “how’s the adjustment”, “didn’t you miss America?” etc. I haven’t minded answering them. I think that the overwhelming experience of having to articulate our wonderful French season at a moment's notice, and to explain the inexplicable to someone’s inquisitive eyes has helped me to process. And that, my friends, must be why I haven’t written. I have needed no outlet here in my English-speaking world…there is community all around, and it is wonderful. Mais...ils me manque mes amis en France.

I had promised them that my first entry when we got back would be in French, just for them. Maybe that’s why I haven’t written. Alors, desolee mes amis. Bien que ma francais est mauvais. Vraiment c’est dificile a ecrire en France presque maitenent il y a plus d'un mois depuis nous avons parti. Me manque le fromage, le Centre Ville, les heurs paser dans LU…bien mangee et bien bu. Merci petit Jesus.:-)

Now, my world is occupied with real life. This American Life. I commute 20 minutes everyday in my car to work at National Allergy Supply. You can watch this clip to find out why I do some of what I do. Or googlestalk us and buy some allergy products. Tell ‘em Katie sent ya.

Jeff works HERE. He’s moved up in the Emory world and is still trying to figure it all out. He’s learning a lot, and finishing out his MBA studies this semester.

We both play in a band that is still nameless…but we’re whittling it down. Those of you in Atlanta are invited to come see us play on February 10th. It’s a church-basement gig, so I have to take out all the cuss words, but there will be tasty coffee, lots of weird people who I love, and a little bit of rock and roll. The fun commences around 8:30.

Before this starts feeling too much like a Christmas letter, I’ll just sign off with a Thank You - to all of you who form our community of friends and family. You made it much easier to come home. And...with a picture of Jeff and I with Otis, a dog that's not ours (long story).
More pics from our last few weeks in France to come.


Winter Huff said...

Bon Soir! Stumbled onto your blog while trying to plan a quick trip to France--appears you two will be well qualified to advise if you don't mind! Husband & I have a week to spend in France, June 21 to 28. First part must be in Paris (family wedding). Husband very interested in history, and prefers WWII to chateaux and Roman ruins (unfortunately for me, but since he hates long plane rides I want him to enjoy what's in the middle!). Given time and transportation restraints, I'm leaning towards a train from Paris to Normandy--thinking Bayeaux because of its proximity to D-Day sites. Understand that Jim can do a bus tour of the D-Day areas, but will there be things to do (besides the tapestry, of course) in Bayeaux? Assume could rent a car in Caen . . but where to within a reasonable drive for a day trip? Or would you recommend another destination altogether--we don't want to drive in Paris, and are hoping to keep train travel under 2 hours each way. Would Deauville be a better choice, and then rent a car to do the D-Day sites from there? For me, I'll be happy just to be in France, but the other half is a tougher sell! Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you. winterhuff@hotmail.com

Katie W. said...

Thanks for the comment! I love to share travel advice and experiences so I'll drop you an email! As for the rest of you, I'll post soon, I promise.