Silly Bandz, those colorful elastic rubber bands that miraculously retain their shape after hours of being stretched around a child's wrist, bane of the existence of American parents and elementary school teachers for many months, have finally made it to France. Although as my 11 year old pointed out, when you can buy a trendy item in your neighborhood Franprix, that's probably as good as evidence as you're going to find that the trend is definitively over. But for those of you who haven't had enough, have no idea of what I'm talking about, or simply like to practice your French, click on over to this Web site for all your latest Silly Bandz news à la française.
For a long time, we were just another typical Washington, DC family: two policy-oriented jobs, two kids, and two cars. Out of the blue, my husband got a new assignment; we ditched the old jobs and the cars (but kept the kids) and headed to Paris for what started out to be a three-year, and eventually became a four-year tour.