Monday, November 19, 2007

More lessons learned

This first time I came to France was 20 years ago. I was 17 and had just finished my first year of college. I sold my car and bought a one-way ticket to Paris.

I only stayed for 3 months. But that was long enough. Long enough to decide I loved it here. Long enough to know how spot a groper from a mile away. Long enough to never be afraid to be alone somewhere unknown.

My kids are so totally NEVER doing ANYTHING like that.

8 comments:

Roxanne said...

I admire you for your bravery...I don't think that I could have done anything like that. Heck, I still live in the same town that I grew up in! But, I can't help thinking, were you running away from anything/anyone?

beth said...

HA - you were always much braver than I - that really was a brave and somewhat crazy thing to do - but things seemed much safter then than now - but it sure worked out for you!

Anonymous said...

Exactly my thoughts! I remember proudly telling that story about you at Adele's naming ceremony and my mom said afterward, are you going to let Adele do something like that? No Way!

Love
Julie

Lorraine said...

Yeah. Any parent who would send their kid off to a foreign country for any length of time should have her head examined.

Wait...

Nicole said...

Roxanne - Bravery or stupidity?

Beth - again, bravery or stupidity?

Julie - The godmother also says NO WAY!

Lorraine - totally different. I was alone and didn't know anyone and had no where to stay. Your child will be known and housed and fed and loved.

zeb said...

So you are now offically one of those parents-do as I say not as I do- Interesting

Nicole said...

Zeb - yeah, i've actaully been that way for a while.

Doc said...

I'm a total 'Do as I say, not as I did' parent, too. There's a reason my parents died young--me.