Mars 6, 2018. Mot de la semaine or Word of the week: Seul / Seule / Alone. Et finalement… Je parle!


Bonjour mes amis.  Je suis seule mais…pas seule.  Parce que nous sommes ensemble pour toujours dans notre cœurs. 

Interesting take on some time alone:

The last two weeks saw me alone.  Seul / seule – as my husband spent time in France with his Mother.

I had a list of things to do, but I managed to avoid all of them.

I realized that after 33 years together – I don’t do seul / seule very well.

Now, don’t get me wrong the first half of our lives together we spent many days, weeks, and months apart – once a whole year.  But for the last 15 years we have been constant companions.

I knew it would be hard to be alone, but I was most surprised at how I really didn’t know where or how to start the day.

I’m sure that after a few more weeks on my own, I’d fall into a better routine.  But, I seriously feel I wasted the last two weeks.  I took a few days to visit my own mother,  yet even there I found myself waiting for the next phone call.

As a couple we have fallen into a wonderful space.  I do these things and he does those things.  Together it all gets done.  I call these things “pink and blue jobs.”  Pink for girl jobs and blue for boy jobs.

Garbage is a blue job, coffee is a blue job.  Laundry and grocery shopping are pink jobs.  When I look at the division of “our” things, I realize just how traditional we might be labeled.  I also realize there are more blue jobs.

The one thing I did do the last two weeks was think.  I thought a lot and I really think I should make the coffee more often.  A little humor stirs within me, because we both know that won’t happen.  However, I now know how to make coffee.  Will I tell anyone?  Probably not.

Albeit traditional, it works for us.  I missed us / nous.  And I look forward to being us / nous again.

We can be “I’s” and still be “us”.  So intertwined with love.  You are the peace I sought.  You are the sweet relax at the end of the day.

As long as we are always reaching for the “us” before the “I’s”, we will be fine.

Et finalement, How’s that French coming?

Tres bien.

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak French.  You would not believe how well I spoke.  AND my accent was even complimented!  VRAIMENT!

I now know for sure – immersion is the key to language learning.

I just ADORE the French language.  Not sure where all of this will lead, but I so enjoy the process.

What do you see for you and me:

Mon Amour

I see us in France.

I see us drinking the wine and tasting the sea.

Je vois toi et je vois moi.  Je vois nous ensemble – juste toi et moi.


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.

9 thoughts on “Mars 6, 2018. Mot de la semaine or Word of the week: Seul / Seule / Alone. Et finalement… Je parle!”

  1. Nice blog post. It sounds quite healthy (and familiar) to miss your partner when they aren’t with you. My husband and I spend many days apart each year – he has a job where he travels a lot internationally, sometimes for a day or two or three, sometimes for a week or so. Mostly our life ‘works’. I get to have time ‘toute seule’ and some might say it keeps our relationship keen to always be meeting and greeting each other!

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  2. I empathize wholeheartedly with this. My husband and I have been married for nearly five years, known one another for almost six. He is the love of my life. But during that time we have spent most of our time apart for visa and work related reasons. That time apart is coming to a close and I ache for our time together. I am limbless without him, he without me, and you are the same. I wish for you all your time with your love and I wish for you that it will be wherever you are happiest. France is a beautiful country but without my husband it is not everything to me. Being together is what beats all. Bons retrouvailles to you both x

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    1. Bonjour
      Always so good to see a message from you.
      I hope this year finds the two of you together! It’s so true – as wonderful as France is – it’s not the same without the one you love.
      If you ever find yourself here in the states, let me know. We can share an apéro.
      À bientôt,

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  3. This is really touching and beautiful Suz. I had no idea you and your husband have been that long together. Very similar to my wife and myself. This year we will be married 30 years, and we dated for 3 years before that (actually got married 3 years right to the day that we 1st started dating). Always love it when love gets even stronger as the years go by. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Carl – thank you for taking the time to comment. And I’m so glad it touched you. How sweet you two were married on the anniversary of your 1st date. We feel so blessed to have found each other and to have had our time together. Wishing you a great year. Any cool running plans for you this year?

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      1. My pleasure. It really is hard to imagine life without our special other halves. Thank you for your good wishes. Have some 8 races registered, 3 are marathon distance or longer. First ultra coming up starting next month. Now if only I can find the time to properly train…lol! Hoping all is well with your running, hope you have a great year as well.:)

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      2. Good luck 🍀. Yes on the training – it’s so hard to find the time these days. That’s a busy schedule. Stay healthy. I’ve pulled back to the half marathon distance this year. And with the crazy weather we’ve had, my training is suffering. But – spring is here in KY so things should be good to go here on out.


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