Septembre 22, 2017. Pausing from oneself. Prayers, thoughts, and giving. I hope they love, and care, and give.


Pausing From Oneself –

Bonjour mes amis.  Ça va?  Moi, ça va.  Aujourd’hui il fait beau.

Cette anne il y beaucoup d’ouragans dans l’Atlantique océan.  Je suis triste pour les gens. C’est très horrible!  Je suis désolé et je vous souhaite bien.

Prayers, thoughts, and giving…

What can I do to help?

Oui Oui Pee Pee –

“Hey, do ya wanna play Go Fish?”  I yelled from across the room.  “Yes, yes, yes.” My 6 year old grandson replied.  “Ok cool,” I said “but…let’s play in French.”  “Ugg,” he whined, “I don’t want to talk in French anymore!”

Annoying as it may be, simple things like counting in french and playing loto (French Bingo) with mes petites enfants / my grandchildren (Jacques et Allison) help to keep me connected to my French dream.  A dream I hope to share with them one day.

Often they will say (and ever so cutely), “What’s that mean GG?” And I’m forever chiming back “oui means yes.”  “Oh yeah, oui oui pee pee,” they giggle.

These two sont mon cœur / are my heart.  I hope they’ll remember their crazy GG, who tried to speak French, talked about God, lectured them to be nice to everyone, and gave them too many cookies.

I hope they love, and care, and give.


Pausing –

The rapidly approaching 50 mile run doesn’t seem so important right now.  People are suffering and have lost so much.

Prayers, thoughts, and giving…

What can I do to help?

Teach them to help.  Show them how to help.  Let them help.

Je vous souhaite bien!  


Author: suzlearnsfrench

My name is Suz and I'm addicted to France and all things French. I can't speak French, but I'm working on it. I've been working on it for 33 years. I'm married to a man who is half French and our running joke is "my next husband will be full French." However, I'm never giving this one up.

10 thoughts on “Septembre 22, 2017. Pausing from oneself. Prayers, thoughts, and giving. I hope they love, and care, and give.”

  1. The sadness I feel for all the people who have suffered in the recent weather abominations is immense. Your post is lovely and I am certain vos petits enfants will remember you with the greatest warmth and delight. I am a great believer that the grand Parental relationship can be one of the most enriching in a life. That was my experience with my Granny and my parents have been a wonderful influence in my daughters’ lives. Thank you for this beautifully reflective post 🙏🏼

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      1. I have great faith in humanity when terrible things happen. I am certain that people will pull together both on the spot and far away to do the best they can. Together is a powerful word. Here’s my little French tip for the day … a very typical slang (but not rude) way to say ‘really’ is ‘vachement’ So we might say ‘C’est vachement horrible’ or ‘c’est horrible. Vachement horrible’. Which is not correcting you because you are entirely correct – it’s just a little colloquial extra for you. 😊

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