What is strength? Is it making others bend to your will? Is it crushing anything that stands in your way? Is it bucking up to do what must be done? Is it moving forward despite the pain?
Life must go on. Today’s weather is appropriately gloomy, and as I took a walk to sort my thoughts, the raindrops offered cover for tears, not that anybody else ventured out.
I decided to focus on what I’m grateful for here in France.
No. 1: Really good, cheap boxed wine that isn’t just grape juice with alcohol. #Priorities
No. 2: Liberty, equality, fraternity. And the existence of the European Union.
No. 3: Fantastic health care for everybody, including immigrants like myself. Yes, I pay taxes for it, but it’s a bargain.
No. 4: Fantastic preschool for all kids from age 3. Yes, I pay taxes for it, and it’s totally worth it.
No. 5: Amazing history and architecture at every turn, including la Cité of Carcassonne.
No. 6: Beautiful nature and the regulations to keep it that way.