25. Making family memories.
It would be an understatement to say that my kids didn't want to move to France. The evening we laid the news on them, our eldest left the dinner table in tears. But two years is a lifetime when you're young and now they will honestly tell you that, while there are things back home they miss, particularly friends and food, they really do like living in Paris. The friends they stay in touch with via Internet phone and e-mail and the food...well let's just say there are fewer things they're pining for now than when we had just arrived.
All told, three years in Paris is, without a doubt, the biggest gift my husband and I have ever given our kids and ourselves. Our kids may forget how to solve simultaneous equations and the ins and outs of photosynthesis but they won't forget going to the boulangerie after school, riding their bikes in the Bois de Boulogne, free museum Sundays or admiring the Christmas lights on the Champs Elysees. And we won't forget watching them discover a whole new world, both in Paris and beyond, our youngest correcting our French pronunciation and our oldest learning to navigate the subway solo, or both of them having the good manners not to refuse snails and foie gras when offered.
Paris will always be a part of us and our intertwined lives, no matter where we find ourselves. Of the 25 things we all love about Paris, we love them most because we have experienced them together.