Friday, June 22, 2007

Bonjour mes amis

In one of my favorite cartoons, Rose is a Rose, the mother character has an alter ego - a motorcycle maniac that fills her dreams when she tires of the mundane. My alter ego is a globe trotting adventurer. When the house is a total mess and the kids are driving me crazy, I warn my husband to get ready because one of these days I'm just going to up and fly to Paris for the weekend. Of course, I was mostly joking.

So, you can imagine my surprise when on Mother's Day he hands me a book by Gertrude Stein, travel guide to Paris and a passport application. It took me a few moments to realize that there was also a ticket to Paris for ten days! TEN DAYS! He knew that I'd never really buy it for myself and yet he really wanted me to be able to fulfill a lifelong dream. He is staying behind to take care of our many children.

I'm still working through my emotions. I am, of course, tremendously excited. I studied French in college with the intention of going to France and just got too busy. I don't want to leave my children for ten days, but then I know in the big picture, that's really just a short time.

My itinerary is yet to be determined. Husband didn't book the hotel because he didn't know if I'd want to stay in the city or travel around. We'll see... Now I just have to relearn my French.

Anyone know of any good lyss in Paris?


monica said...

Oh my goodness, how exciting. I don't think I would be able to go oby myself though. I would have to find a very close family member to watch the kids and take hubby along. How sweet of him and good for you.

Danielle said...

Wow! That's some gift. It sounds like he chose the perfect thing to give.

your secret pal said...

oh lucky you!!!! I haven't been to Paris in years (and it wasn't a good trip) so I can't help you on yarn shopping. Hope you have a wonderful time!

Lisa L said...

WOW!!! What a great gift! Get that passport application underway - I've heard it's taking a loooooong time because there are so many people applying with the new border rules. Of course, you must knit a Clapotis now . . .;-)

stickchick said...

OOOH my goodness!! What an amazing gift!! You lucky lucky girl!! How did he stand to not ask you about the ticket though?

Be sure and tell us everything when you do go! It's my dream location too. *dreamy sigh*

Janice said...

Oh MY Word!! LUcky you! When will you be going? Need a traveling buddy??? ;-)