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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Christine Dashper

I love this story Kristin, you are such a genuine, gentle soul. Thank you for sharing

Alisa

Wonderful story, Kristin. One of my favorites! Mostly, but not solely, for the Update that Michèle-France is doing better. So loving of you to risk your own safety to be by her side. So glad you arrived safely!

I loved revisiting the "Up the Creek" missive as well. I do the something similar when my housemates leave, I go stay with my 80-year-old mother, and have all the same thoughts and feelings. :)

Your new friends sounded lovely! How brave of you to reach out to them. It's never easy for some of us to put ourselves on the line that way, but almost always the rewards are worth it. Loved your last line. It was poetically poignant.

Souhaitant votre belle-mère prompt rétablissement et une bonne santé...
and you... be careful! ;)
~Alisa

sparkling74

Great post and such a great thought: why is it so taboo to ask where people are from? And your immediate desire to connect with them and mention the film is just so human and sadly, your caution about mentioning the film so as not to offend is also what we modern day humans have had to learn to do.

Glad to hear your mother in law is feeling fiesty!!

Jeff

This was so well written; a pleasure to read. Thank you.

Lynn McBride

Lovely post, Kristen.

Laura

Chere Kristin,
Enchanted par cette histoiire et que votes belle-mère CA mieux mais elle n'a pas goutée de la nouriture horrible so elle n'a pas était dans in hospital americain. Bleach! 😝

Faye Stelly

My sentiments exactly! We would live in a more beautiful and peaceful world if women were in charge! Small steps and it starts with each one of us! Men can absolutely learn from women! Merci beaucoup!

Deborah

Great news about your belle-mere! I will continue to keep you and her in my thoughts and prayers!

Allen Laskin

Very nice story! A few corrections:
"brakes", not "breaks" in your car
"dyed", not "died" blond
and the old apostrophe bugaboo--no apostrophe in "madeleines".

Kristin Espinasse


Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Will take them with me on tomorrows visit to see Michèle-France.

Allen, thanks for the corrections. Off to put them in now. And for those who sent corrections in last week -- many thanks for the helpful notes!

Gail Pisut

Again, when I take the time to read your "day in the life" story (instead of just learning a new French word or phrase), I am touched by our similarity of thought and action. "Making friends" in a hospital waiting room or an elevator is part of my daily routine. [I finally found a husband who "gets it"]. But I digress....after the joy of meeting the Algerian women, I was distressed to find out the food in French hospitals is just as unappetizing as the food in American hospitals! Mon dieu!
Take care. I send healing thoughts to your mother-in-law.
Gail

Diane Young

Hooray for votre belle mere. Long may she live. There is way too much intolerance in this old world, for sure. Thanks for doing something to ease things.

Betty Gleason

Ok now I am exhaling. Yes, please do give our warmest regards to Michele-France who we think of as one of our own & wish her only the best with a speedy recovery.
I am currently house & pet sitting for my niece in Portland, OR. Arriving early to take a historical trolley tour of the area, I asked the only other people standing in front of the hotel if this was the place to catch the tour. I asked where they were from & they visibly stiffened & hesitatingly replied "Bagdad, Iraq." I asked a few more common questions which they warily answered. It wasn't until I said "Welcome!" did they relax. We were chatting like old friends by the time the trolley arrived.

Chris Allin

Dear Kristin,
Another moment in time or chance encounter becomes a memorable and magical pause in your day....wow! So glad Jean-Marc's mom is better~

Sue King

You are such a gifted writer Kristin, thank you so much for sharing your life with all of us!

Faye Stampe, Gleneden Beach, OR

I hope your mother-in-law continues to improve.

Suzanne

Sometimes you just have to break the ice and it sounds like you did it charmingly. I hope your mother-in-law is well and home soon.

Cynthia Wilson

I LOVE that she wanted Madeleines on her next visit:) great story...

catharine ewart-touzot

When I lived in Algeria I loved the adventure and opportunity to know Algerians, their culture, their country and I never felt in danger..today the race/culture baiters have put fear into my heart and how very sad that is..cultural "correctness" has prevented us from asking or offering help to one another that is not correctness but hate mongering. How lucky I was to have lived in a different time. How correct you were to converse with the Algerian ladies. hope your Mother-in-law is soon home.

GretaMille

I'm glad Marie France va mieux and wonder what expression she uses for "for the birds"?

GretaMille

oops, sorry, Michèle-France

Cynthia Lewis

Michèle- France (what a lovely name) is a treasure just like your own mother, Kristin. I am very glad to learn that she is much improved and feeling feisty. Don't forget her madeleines!

Your writing today was very thought provoking; I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much. Best wishes sent your way.....

Bo Brown

I am so happy to hear your mom-in-law is getting better. I hesitated to respond to your wonderful post about your anniversary party because I was a little confused about what would be appropriate in this situation. I should have just said, "Happy Anniversary." This too is a wonderful story, and yes, for gosh sake, do not forget her madeleines. No one should go without their madeleines.

Natalia

Our dear Kristi,
Firstly--most importantly--thank God for hearing our prayers and assisting dear Marie France on the road to recovery.
For certain,knowing the devotion of her loving family has been the best medicine in the world.
Remember "entertaining angels unaware?"
What better place could there be to experience this except in a hospital waiting room(?) Once again you have shown us inspiration--and hope--when worry most weighs us down.
THANK YOU!
Love
Natalia XO

Karen from Phoenix

So glad to hear your mother-in-law is doing much better. Seeing you I am sure helps with her recovery.

SISSY

LOVE THIS STORY , LOVELY AND THANK YOU

JOY WOOD

KRISTIN, YOU LIFT ME UP,,,,,,, EVERY DAY. I WISH I LIVED NEAR BY. WE WOULD BE BESTEST FRIENDS, I JUST KNOW IT. NO MATTER WHAT YOU TALK ABOUT ,,IT RESONATES WITH ME. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE BLOG, WITH EARS AND HEART OPEN. YOU ARE FANTASTIC. I JUST READ A BOOK I LIKED, I THOUGHT, "KRISTIN COULD WRITE A NOVEL LIKE THIS" YEP, THE PROMISE OF PROVENCE , BY PATRICIA SANDS. I LIVE IN PROVENCE , THROUGH YOUR BLOGS AND "FRENCHY" BOOKS. POOR PITIFUL JOY.

Judi

What a great story about being 'open' to others and what joy that can bring to our lives. I'm glad your belle-mere is much better and my husband would whole heartily agree that Madeleines make everything better! We just returned from a month, driving around France and we must have bought a thousand of them. My husband would teasingly say as we headed out to see one more beautiful place in the morning, "I just can't drive without my Madeleines!" So we'd stop, buy some more, and feed our driver! :) - had a wonderful time and so wish we could have been there for a "meet-up' with you! We were in Vaison-la-Romaine one day and close to your former home - thought of you often on our trip. Our time in Provence was spectacular, meeting people from many different countries. Wishing you & Marie-France well!

Chris Allin

A post script....This story made me think of Adamo's song, Inch' Allah. Beautiful and haunting and still meaningful today . I heard him sing it in concert in Paris many, many years ago. It still haunts me today.

Jules Greer

Kristi Darling,

Loved this story - one of your best...you are ready to start that novel....

XOXO

MOM

Katia

Kristin, this is such a wonderful story! I often miss out on making interesting acquaintances because of my shy nature. It does pay, sometimes, to go out of our comfort zones to start a conversation! There are so many fascinating people in this world! I also mix languages, creating an English-Russian scramble when I speak with my mom. It used to annoy her and she preferred that I speak only one language to her at a time, but she has since become used to my bad habit. :) So glad to read that your belle-mere is healing well! I will continue to keep her in my thoughts.

Nancy, San Antonio, Texas

Hospital food is even for the birds in France!!! Amazing. I really like your belle mere? Is that correct? I really like her no matter why is the correct French.

Eileen deCamp

Lovely post Kristin and happy to hear that Michèle-France is doing much better!

Jacqueline

Multiculturalism is embraced in so many languages! Australia thrives on it... Well, in some parts...
A few more corrections for today's wonderful post:
au même temps, = en
le quarantaine = la
was posed to = was poised
Algerienne = Algérienne
get right down to matters of the heart - This phrase set me to thinking whether you meant 'the heart of the matter'... both ways seem to work.
Jacqueline in really cold Brisbane.

Carolyn  in Vermont

Kristi,

So relieved to hear that Michele-France is doing well. I will keep her in my prayers.

This was such a beautiful story. My favorite days are those where I connect with strangers when I dare to start a conversation and connect through shared experience. So happy you had the chance to make a momentary soul connection with those women.

Thinking of you always and hoping you're enjoying your weekend.

Love,
Carolyn

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