Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Half Empty or Half Full

We're screaming up on the end of the school year here and in between the request for baked goods, teacher gifts, exams, concerts, and celebrations, I can't help but reflect on the passage of time. And yes, how can one not say "hooray it's summer!" On the plus side: no more homework (and all the attendant nagging) and no more rousting kids out of bed before 7:00 a.m. We can settle into a more relaxed schedule with time for exploring Paris and reading (a big pursuit in our family), plus some traveling. There will be hikes, picnics, rainy days at the movies, sunny days at the pool, and (if I play my cards right with my kids), some museum adventures too. Plus there'll be a week alone with my husband when the kids head to the Alps and Brittany for their own adventures.

And yet, good friends are leaving. Will we see them again or not? E-mail, Facebook, and VOIP phone can help sustain these friendships but I know they won't all survive. Plus our own time in Paris is ticking down. Next year it will be me in the frenzy of packing out and sobbing as our days here come to a close. I'm not ready for that. And I'm not sure whether I will be then either.

8 comments:

Duchesse said...

Any chance you might be able to stay on, Anne?

emmabovary said...

It is indeed tough for the temporary expats, and equally tough for the expats who, firmly anchored here, have to watch you go.

Lisa said...

You won't be ready when the time comes. Leaving is so hard after building a life in such a great place! But, life will go on!

Ann said...

I started feeling sad about leaving Paris the second my plane touched down here on a three-year stay. I try to console myself by trying to take it one day at a time. Like in AA. Which means, I guess, I'm addicted to Paris.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I get upset leaving Paris and have only been on holiday and seeing friends.. only live in the UK..

I cannot imagine what you must feel like.. Just enjoy all the time you have there, and think about it nearer the time.

I have a friend who has to go back to New Jersey in December, she had her stay extended by 6 months, from now, she ADORES PARIS..

Starman said...

It's bad enough to have to come back to the US after a short vacation. I can't even imagine what it would be like to have to leave after living there for several years.

Anonymous said...

I am not ready for you to leave Paris! I'll miss your blog terribly!

La Bonbonniere said...

Happy Summer!

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