My heart is sad because today we are leaving France. My first visit to France was when I was 8 years old. Ever since then I was hooked. I decorated my bedroom with a French theme. I dreamed of the day I could return. I then learned that Andrew was French and spent his summer at the beaches in France. Learning that he was French definitely peaked my interest but at the time we were just friends. We would joke about me hiding in his suitcase.
Finally in college I was able to return to France when I studied abroad in Paris for four months. I loved absolutely loved living in a gorgeous city, where I walked to school, the markets and museums. It my first attempt at independence and I must say I did pretty good. Although I did blow a fuse in my tiny studio in the center of the city. I plugged the microwave into an extension cord and it sparked. I screamed and all the power went out. I was terrified that this silly little American girl shut off the power in the whole apartment building, but thankfully did not. Besides that little episode I loved my time in Paris. I wish I could have stayed longer. I was just getting used to the city when it was time for me to go.
At this time Andrew and I were dating and he came to visit me. He took me to his grandparents home in Bordeaux. His grandparents have two homes in Bordeaux that are just an hour apart. We stayed at the “city” home, which is in a small town in the suburbs of Bordeaux. We quickly visited their “beach” home, which is actually in a forest and a ten minute drive and walk to the beach. It was the middle of winter and their was not a soul in sight. The beach, road and city was deserted.
Summer in Vendays-Montalivet is a different world. I have truly loved my time in France. In my blood I am a quarter French, but in my heart I am full French. I can’t wait for the day when we can bring our kids here. I can picture Andrew and I with our future kids running in the forest, climbing sand dunes, playing in the waves and spending time with family. I am happy here. It feels like home.