here I am trying to teach English to the kids Sam and Yannis by making chocolate chip cookies. Hilarity ensues.
Aside from all new and exciting discoveries and personal growth happening things were starting to shift in my relationship. My Fiance and I had filled out and submitted all the necessary paperwork for marriage. We were excited to finally get the administrative part out of the way, which was the only thing really holding us back from being with each other. We waited and stressed for weeks for all the documents.Finally we were able to set a date to meet at Le Mairie(townhall)and hand in all of our paper work. It was a relief when we were finally able to set a date, September 9th, 2010, To be married. This was right before my Au Pair visa would expire so it was perfect timing. We were going to be legally married ,and me able to start my french life with l’amour de ma vie
Well a few weeks went by, and this new reality set in that we were going to be married and not have administration and visas defining when we could see each other and for how long. However something shifted. I was growing and shedding old parts of myself and discovering who had been buried underneath all those years. Then it happened what once was joy and excitement, turned into confusion and doubt. We started to drift from each other slowly. We would talk less and less and the underlying tension of this being the right decision was mounting.
Me with L’ecoute sculpture At place Rene Cassin outside Saint Eustache Eglise, Paris, France
One day I was to help the family with watching the kids at Le Foire de Pairs (one of the biggest business expos in Paris.) The family was demonstrating their business there and I had to watch Sam the younger son. We were going around looking at different booths for things that interested him. After walking around for quite a while observing all these material creations I smelt the burning of a woodsy element in the air from around the corner. The smell triggered something familiar in me and I insisted to Sam we go check out this booth.
Me: “Allons-y sam je veux regarder quelquechose la bas.” (Let’s go Sam I would like to check something out over there.)
Sam: “Mais nan! je voudrais du chocolat de cette maison la” (But no! I want chocolate from that stand over there!)
Me: Alors, si on y va d’abord tu viendra avec moi a cette maison la bas apres? ( ok then, if we go over there first will you come with me to this stand after?)
Sam: D’accord, mais seulement si je pourrais acheter plein de chocolat! ( Ok, but only if i can buy a lot of chocolat!)
Sam: “Moi en plus Je voudrai un kilo.” ( Me, in addition would like 1 kilo)
Me “Un kilo? quoi t’es fous, c’est trop! et encore tu n’as pas manager le diner” ( A kilo? what? You’re crazy thats too much hand you didn’t eat dinner yet.)
Sam: “Excuse-moi madamemoiselle mais tu ne sais pas vivre.”( Excuse me miss but you don’t know how to live)
Me” Eh bien dis donc,Sam!” ( Well you don’t say.)
After the chocolate debacle I was able to get him to settle on a few grams . A kilo would have been way too much and I could already hear his mother speaking down to both me and him in my mind. I never thought I’d be arguing in French over chocolate with a 10 year old in a million years. But Sam was like that. He would be classified as ADHD in the USA but in France that’s not really heard of. He used to tell me all the time that homework was slavery forced upon children by adults. This would always have me laughing.
Finally, I made it to the booth where the aroma of trees and earthy delights, and soothing flutes were beckoning me for the past hour. It was a Native American, and Western themed Booth. ( In France they are fascinated by the idea of cowboys.) A part of me got excited and curious at the same time. Luckily the cowboy section intrigued Sam as well so he was able to keep busy. There were bins of native trinkets, incense , clothes, necklaces, flutes, you name it. I was floored and feeling a tingling of familiarity with the items. I greeted the Shop owner who was Native American and he gave me a knowing glance. “It all looks very nice.” I said while checking out some CDs
” I’m glad you enjoy it he smiled.”
” Here you might want to check these out.”
He then directed me to a basket filled with handmade necklaces of wood and bone and other earthy elements. I was digging through the basket for a while when an item struck me in particularly. It was almost oval shaped with wood backing and smooth ivory or bone covering with red and greed painted at the top.
“What is this for?” I asked my brow furrowed with curiosity.
He glanced at me and started laughing I thought maybe I had done or said something wrong.
“That’s to protect you from negative energy.” “It’s very powerful.”
At this point in my life I had no idea what negative energy was, nor why I needed protection from it. I would have asked further on the matter but I was sure I needed to buy it. It was only a few Euros so luckily on my au pair salary I was able to afford it.
“I’ll take it I said.”
“Great it’s perfect for you.” he added while he was wrapping it up carefully.
I asked him a few more questions before leaving since Sam was starting to get antsy and his mother was phoning me. The whole time I was wondering what he meant by negative energy but I was going to do my research online when I got home.
TO BE CONTINUED>>>>
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