I’ve written quite a bit on this blog about how much I adore France, how much I loved living in Paris, and how much I miss Lyon. And it’s true. I love France, I miss living there sometimes more than I can express, and I have daydreams about eating a pain au chocolat from my favorite patisserie more often than I’d like to admit.
But the flip side is that I also love being right where I am, right now.
|Dahlgren Quad on Georgetown's campus - one of my favorite places to go in DC.|
And since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I thought I’d list just a few of the reasons I’m thankful to be at this exact place in my life, even though I’m not sitting at a café on a cobblestone street in Paris drinking a glass of wine and chatting in my favorite language.
1 – I love my husband more than I love France, and every day I get to spend with him trumps any day in France. I know. It’s inconceivable that I could love anything more than France when all I do is write about how fabulous that country is. But it’s true. I love him more, and I always will. France doesn’t listen to me talk endlessly about my latest plot development or my next book idea. My husband does. France doesn’t pretend to understand what I’m talking about. My husband does. And France doesn’t bring me flowers mid-week just because I’m feeling a little grumpy. My husband does.
And truth be told, he’s too tall and muscular to live in France. He’d stick out like a sore thumb. Plus, when he mixed up bonjour and au revoir during his one trip to France, I knew there was no hope for my big, tall, all-American man:)
2 – I’m thankful for Bella and Charlie - my two massive, furry cats who are the sweetest, cuddliest companions in the world. And if I’d been living in France all these years, we never would’ve adopted them. And then what would my husband and I have to talk about?
|Charlie - always alert and ready for danger. Who knows what could be lurking in our 2 bedroom condo??|
|Bella, after a hard day's work writing her next novel. Oh wait, that's me.|
3 – I’m thankful for the fun chats I have with my mom, and for all of the wonderful friends and family who live nearby or within at least a three hour time zone. I wouldn’t get to see or talk to any of them nearly as much if I was living across the ocean.
|Smart car in Alexandria, VA. I used to only get to take pics of these hilarious cars in France. Now they've traveled here!|
|Il Porto Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria - another one of my favorite places close to home.|
4 – There are a million other things I could list here, but I will end by saying how truly thankful I am for all of the awesome friends, family, and new readers I’ve met along the way who have supported me in my writing journey and who’ve given my book a home.
So, in gratitude, I’d like to give a little bit of Paris back to you. Over this upcoming holiday, Sleeping with Paris, my debut novel, will be available for only $.99 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. So, curl up with your Kindle or Nook, grab a bar of chocolate and a glass of wine, and take that trip to Paris you’ve always been dreaming about. I promise it will be much more cost-effective than a round trip ticket . . . but on that note, if you happen to stumble across a cheap ticket to Paris, let me know. Even though I love him more than France, I still need to convince my huge, all-American hubby to take a trip over there with me! :)
Happy Thanksgiving and Bon Appétit everyone!