French Sabbatical

My family's year in France…

Day 128 (5 November 2010) – Seattle Care Package

We are THRILLED today to welcome my parents to Nantes! They arrived this morning right on time, having left Seattle at 2:45pm on Thursday and touching down in Nantes at 10:40am. Time difference factored in, that’s 12 hours of travel from lift-off to touch-down. They flew nonstop from Seattle to Paris and then caught a connecting flight from Paris to Nantes.

Today’s photo is of my mom greeting Chloe for the first time in over 4 months. Chloe had just exited the tram at our stop after spending the morning at school. A similar scene played out about 5 hours later when Ella got home from school. Soon after, my parents excitedly pulled out two suitcases of “paraphernalia” they brought from home, including Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese, Swedish Fish, and Costco-sized packages of chocolate chips, what one might call “health foods” (can you imagine the conversations the airport x-ray operators were having after scanning these bags?). They also brought several books, including 3 Kurt Vonnegut novels for me, some requested clothes (including Granny’s homemade pajamas!), and a care package of items from PSCS. The screams of glee and excitement could hardly be contained. It was Christmas in November in Nantes today, courtesy of Santa Granny & Grandad.

What a fabulous world we live in, one in which somebody’s parents can visit so easily from half a world away and bring so many “comfort” items from home. This is Andy signing off from a happy place in France tonight!

November 5, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. So glad to hear you arrived safely and hopefully without incident. Assume you flew polar. Have a joyful time exploring the french countryside with all those round abouts. I envy you. The grapevines should be a lovely color. I remember them from our barge trip.

    Comment by Dee Tucker | November 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. p.s. Our last trip was one week after 9/11!!!

    Comment by Dee Tucker | November 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. Wonderful that your parents have come to visit you. How long are they staying? Enjoy!

    Comment by Stacia | November 7, 2010 | Reply

    • They are here for almost two weeks! Very nice. 🙂

      Comment by Andy Smallman | November 7, 2010 | Reply

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