Smokey's Excellent Vacation - We just returned from the Ile d'Oléron with all four--make that five!--members of our family. From a nightly game of Yam (Yahtzee) to regular forays to the ocean, we had a restful and memorable time together. See all the pictures right here. (And did you spot Mr. Sacks in the photo above?)
Thank you for your thoughful responses to the previous story, "Hostile." After reading your comments my Dad wrote to say, "Your readers are incredibly caring!"
I am deeply touched by your words and very grateful for this endearing writer-reader relationship. I hope it continues for a very long time!
Mas de Perdrix. A home in France that artists and writers love to rent. Work on your creative project in this inspiring environment.
Today's Word: DEVOILER
: to reveal, to disclose
dévoiler un secret = to reveal a secret
dévoiler ses batteries = to show one's hand (cards)
dévoilé = laid bare
A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse
Toward the end of our vacation, I learned my family had been keeping a secret from me. To the relief of my husband, I was not angry on finding out the truth. I was only surprised at how little my family knows me--to think it necessary to spare me the grief.
Le secret was revealed late one night, after Jean-Marc had taken me into his arms for the second time. "There is something I have to talk to you about," he said. The tone in his voice was unfamiliar and it woke the inner stranger inside of me. As different as we are to one another--as mysterious as our hearts are even to ourselves--our married souls occasionally reveal an ongoing conversation, so that we will be thinking exactly the same thing at the moment one of us voices it (if not in unison).
Except this time. This time I could not have fathomed what my husband was about to say--his thoughts being nowhere on the cusp of my mind. Even my trusty vibes had abandoned ship. Instead, like a drawstring that closes a hood, it felt as though my skin was shrink-wrapping around my bones, and I held my breath, wondering: What is he going to say next?
(To be continued... Click here to read Part 2)
READING & WRITING
I read Nancy Horan's Under The Wide and Starry Sky over vacation, after my Mom highly recommended it for the writing inspiration inside. This fictionalized love story about the author Robert Louis Stevenson is an eye-opening look into the creative life.
With chapters set in Paris, in nearby Hyérès and in the wild American Southwest, you may also be taken by the backdrop of this love story between creative types.
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