Sunday, December 8, 2013

le retour

Bonjour ! There's a little more than 32 hours until I'm home. And right now, I'm feeling every single thing one could possibly could.
"That’s the thing about returning home after being away—it teaches you things that you’ve been unknowingly learning so slowly that you’ve allowed their impact to slip through the cracks of everyday life. It causes you to slow down and become aware of where you had been, who you had been when life’s struggles were comparably less damaging and exhaustive." -Rebekah Arbuthnot
It's different this retour. I'm not just going home for the holidays (or another occasion). I'll be living in New York, in my parents' house, for the longest period of time since I left. Yay, family and friends, and the city, and this research! But I'm not at all excited to miss coffee dates (etc.) with my community here. Nor Paris itself. In spite of our complicated and often frustrating relationship, it's nestled its way into my heart forever and always. I'm not ready to say goodbye. Thankfully, I don't have to. I'm coming back. I'm coming back after two seemingly very significant months at home. Dramatic. Here's to hoping all goes well. Up, up, and away I go.


  1. Let me know when you're home! I'd LOVE to see you.

  2. Safe travels home and enjoy those two months x

  3. Like Sara Louise said, enjoy those two months! Two months really is nothing. I remember I panicked when I had to stay in the US for 9 months (going back and forth to Paris, of course) while waiting for my new visa. Now looking back, I needed that intense family time and look back fondly of those memories. Paris will always be here.

    Enjoy it and happy holidays to you and your family. : )

    1. Thank you for your wise words, Lisa. I do appreciate the family time! Happy holidays to you!


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