French Sabbatical

My family's year in France…

Day 68 (6 September 2010) – More From Saturday Night

So I mentioned yesterday how generous and thoughtful John & Ann-Marie’s family have been. At dinner on Saturday night John hinted at some kind of surprise coming later. And at the opportune time 15 year-old Benoit retreated to the kitchen and then returned with this cake that he and sister CĂ©line had made for the occasion. It’s the type of kindness that takes a bit of your breath away. The cake was delicious but I have to give extra mention to the frosting, trying to express it in a single word. Marzipan. Mmm…

It’s been a quiet day here in Nantes. All the kids are back in school for a full day today, Ella having left at 7:45 and scheduled to return soon after 5. That’s a long day, tempered a bit by a lengthy lunch and half days on Wednesdays. Melinda is on her way back from shopping at Ikea and Chloe & I are both quietly working/reading at home, having taken a bike ride earlier.

Before I go I have to send out a happy birthday shout-out to Romain who turns 18 today! His parents are throwing a big party for him on Saturday. It sounds like it’s customary for there to be a big bash on a person’s 18th birthday. Chloe turns 18 in February. I wonder what she’ll be expecting…

September 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

   

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