je t'aime (zheuh tem)
: I love you
A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse
Je t'aime is something I've been hearing a lot of lately -- in English. My niece, Reagan, and my nephew, Payne, are fond of saying it to me!
"I love you Aunt Kristi!" they'll call out at the most unexpected times of the day and their declaration never fails to swoop up my heart and carry it off like an exhilarating wave.
"Je vous aime aussi" "I love you, too" I assure my niece and mynephew. And just in case assurance isn't enough... I fall down and brace myself for another guerre de guilis-guilis, or tickle war!
After the guilis-guilis guerre I warn them: it is time to calm down! My command, hélas, leads not to retreat, and so I am forced to use the "school 'marmy' method": recital. I will recite a list so long that even Sleep herself cannot resist one great Y-A-W-N.
Because it is Valentine's Day, tonight's list will be in theme:
Happy Valentines Day to all and be sure to try out today's expression on someone!
We had a fun hike with fellow Francophiles in Phoenix (say that ten times fast!)...
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