In answer, I'll tell you that I love it even more today than I did two years ago. Yes, the bureaucracy is still difficult to live with and the French love of paperwork amazes me. I've learned to cope, though...I save every piece of paper I receive and make multiple color copies of anything that looks even remotely official. I've reached a dangerous plateau with speaking French. I can make myself understood, but I don't totally understand what people say back to me. They assume I 'get it;' often I don't. I'm hoping to remedy that with more French lessons at Christiane's. Those things and missing my family are the only negatives about living here. The positives far, far outweigh them
Life feels vibrant and comfortable. I mostly understand how French life flows now. I'm looking forward to returning to exercise class, my singing group, French class and my writing group later this month. Vacations are over and children are back in school. It's time to transition to the quieter winter schedule that, in its own way, is just as full and fun as the special event-filled summer agenda. I feel like I've found a home that makes my heart happy. At least for now...the honeymoon continues and the rose blooms fresh and fragrant.