Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Eat Dessert First

This morning while I was digging around in my wonderful French shopping basket looking for my journal, some papers fluttered out of another book. I unfolded them and read what I'd written some time ago. There were three poems, all tucked away for polishing, re-writing, whatever, and of course, never completed. One entitled "The Future" contains these stanzas:
     "Life is short," they say,
     "Eat dessert first."
      It's too late to be first,
      But dessert sounds yummy right now!

     "Throw caution to the wind," they say.
     "Take that leap of faith!"
       What does that leap look like?
       What do I leave behind?
Dessert does sound yummy! and that leap of faith is taking me right to dessert...to France. It looks like adventure; it looks like beauty and history and a different way to live life. And really, with all our modern technology, I'm leaving very little behind. Family, friends, my community are just a mouse click away! Can you say Skype?

Even with its inevitable glitches and disappointments, France is still a buffet table of goodies to taste. While I may pick pie over cake, something lemon-y over something chocolate-y, there are no bad choices, only different flavors to experience. Life is full of abundance.

The top photo is afternoon tea with Laury at Jean's. This smaller one is of some yummy goodies that Laury made with figs from Jean's tree, walnuts from the railroad tracks, honey and locally made goat cheese.

1 comment:

  1. Chère Evelyn, So happy to know you are returning to France! Love your blog background -- I'd love to try to do the same, chez moi! Great photo subject and the colors make my heart sway.