Monday, April 13, 2009

Returning to me




Cool. I just logged onto Blogger and it was all in French.

I'm embarrassed about how long it has taken me to write another post. I have so much to blog about it makes my head spin, and it makes my kids crazy.

"Mom, mom, mooooooommmmm!!!!" "Oh, I'm sorry, did you say something, darling."

I'm constantly composing blog posts in my head. The problem is, I can't get any fricken internet access at the cottage we're living in so I have to go to the Post, or a wifi cafe, or the Tourist Office in the nearest big town and do all the "necessary" online business, that doesn't include blogging, while my family waits for me in the car, or worse yet, explores France without me.

I am loving France. I am feeling a bit like I actually understand that expression, "returning to me."

There's definitely a part of me that's been dormant wayyyy too long I feel stirring. It's so great to find the entire world so incredibly rich and filled with surprised again. Just standing at the meat counter and trying to figure out how I'm going to ask for some sliced ham with my limited French and a lot of sign language is enough excitement to last me a day.

And every time I understand how much I owe at a checkout, without having to ask them to say it again, or simply thrust 20 Euros at them and hope it's enough, is like a little victory.

Very cool.

And.... since the husband, my dear translator, is home with the kids waiting for me to return so he can get back to the construction plans, that's all I can write. Esther and Isla are home watching Tigger Movie in French. They're on their second viewing this morning. All in the name of education.

More about our French escapades, here and here.

12 comments:

Clare said...

oh, well done! I know how daunting it can be, and the French don't always make it easy. But it's all worth it in the end. Tigger in French - a good start, something familiar. My mum tries to watch the Bold & the Beautiful in French when she comes, cause it's slow enough for her to follow (9am, France 2 if you're interested!) I'm so excited for you - a new beginning! Can't wait for the next episode...

Joy said...

Oh Betsy! This is so awesome. I'm jealous of your family! I definitely see the education in letting them watch Tigger in French...twice. :) That picture of Esther is just adorable. Post more when you can; I'm soaking it all up!

me said...

Gorgeous photos! Be sure to grab one of your post office blogging step, too. Can't wait to read more :)

Kingsmom said...

can't wait to read more!

Ps. you look fabulous in your photo!

Mrs. Jacqueline said...

I'm really happy for ya'll, especially you Betsy! You seem like the kinda gal who thrives on an interesting challenge.

I'm with Kingsmom, you look FAB. Very simple and chic. Plus you have that tall, thin thing going on (the thing that us short, stocky Italian girls can only dream of!)

Brooke G. said...

I was thinking the same thing - Betsy, France suits you!!! You look GREAT! And it sounds like you are getting settled and things are fine except the NO INTERNET CONNECTION -YIKES!!!! Minor detail, though - right?
Wishing you lots of luck.

MT said...

Someone in that village must have an unprotected WiFi.....
After 4 years I still occasionally throw 20CHF down and hope it is enough. There is something about quatre-vingt that throws me off every time.
I'd never done the traveling thing before so instead of "returning to me" I am sort of "discovering me"....or does that sound a little too cliché?
And that pic of Isla with her tutu up in the air is priceless! Keep us posted.

MT said...

Oh, and you are lucky.....my blogger talks to me in German. I don't know any German. Doesn't it know I am in Suisse Romande (the French part)???

Liz said...

Great photos! "Returning to me" should make for great writing, Oui?

Betsy said...

Esther took the photo of me. I had to include it because it is so rare-- Meaning, I actually like it. My hubby is a pro photographer and rarely works that magic of actually making me look good. Perhaps it's me in Esther's eyes.

Emma said...

I've been thinking about you lately Betsy, and wondering how you are getting on. Sounds like you are having the time of your life! Good for you, what a fantastic experience. I am a teeny bit jealous ;)

Jamie Lee said...

Betsy - I am envious of your adventure and the awakening you are experiencing. But, more than envious, I am thrilled for you. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman "coming home to herself." To feel both at home and living in wonder of the beauty around you is a rare privelege. I am so glad that you are sharing your journey with us!