Monday, May 28, 2012

The Last May Holiday

Today is the last of the four May holidays here in France.

It's also a holiday for all of you in the States, so happy Memorial Day. I've learned more about the two World Wars since living in France, surrounded by living memorials, the past always playing a role in the psyche of the present.
Today, and every day, I am grateful, respectful and in awe of the men and women who sacrifice their safety, comfort, dreams and lives so that I can have and enjoy all of the above.

On another note, much more frivolous, today marks exactly 19 years since I met P-Daddy.
Back then he was just a tanned blue-eyed guy holding a cold tallboy, sitting on the wooden steps of a pier on Lake Travis. I was dating someone else, he was returning to Austin to 'retire' and take some post-grad classes at UT; French, Art History, English Lit. Romantic and irresistible.

I don't want to overstate this, but it was definitely something real close to love at first sight, even though it took some time for it to work itself out.

So far, so good. Wednesday marks our 14th anniversary. This week will be full of love and peonies.
At least it better.

I hope you're enjoying this day off, whether it's the 4th or the 1st one you've had this month.

Here's to gratitude, love, sunshine, lakes, beaches, pools, and remembering.
Oh, and tallboys.


  1. Enjoy all your days, past and present!

  2. Aw, what a sweet post! Happy Anniversary and holiday!

  3. You guys are so cute - I would give anything to have been there that first time you met, it would have been so cool to see it! Have a wonderful anniversary week and long weekend!

  4. I hope for Paul's sake he remembers the peonies. x

  5. Happy Memorial Day to you too and Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to both of you.

  6. Congratulations Aidan and Romantic Husband! France is lucky to have you! Very sweet post and the photo is perfect! (I do not care for sappy pictures :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  7. We just had our fourth - French May holiday that is - we're just a year behind you on the wedding anniversaries. We went to the Château de Chantilly today. Such a great day out. Put it on your bucket list! Happy anniversary week.

  8. Happy Anniversary on Wednesday. Ours is today :)

  9. Aww, Happy Anniversary! The best relationships always take some time to sort themselves out for the better.


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