Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tears in My Eyes

When was the last time you burst into tears for something seemingly silly? I had it happen just a few minutes ago — I got a text from my youngest, saying that she had "Boarded!" I couldn't help but feel her excitement, got all choked up, and then burst into tears. But they were happy tears, not sad ones.

My daughter is on her way to Paris, where she'll be spending four glorious weeks, taking two classes — one in fashion photography and one in food photography. Doesn't that sound like a blast?!

shirt — Tommy Hilfiger (thrifted)
tee — French Dressing (CostCo)
pants — RockStar (Old Navy)
shoes — Blowfish (DSW)
magnetic bracelet — store in the mall / necklace — thrifted

In honor of her trip, I'm sporting my French Dressing tee and Breton stripes. Okay. So, it's not an honest-to-goodness real-live Breton shirt, but don't you think I should get some points for the black-and-white stripes?

I'm so excited for my daughter — I've always wanted to do something like this, so I will be living vicariously through her for the next month. She will even be there during Fashion Week, and take pictures! How cool is that? She will be sharing an apartment, near Notre Dame and Luxembourg Gardens, with her college roommate.

Sometimes I'm so jealous of kids who are growing up in today's world. They have the entire world at their fingertips, and girls? They just have so many opportunities, and they don't need to fight for them. (Well, they don't have to fight quite so hard anyway ... ) We still have lots to conquer, but I do see progress.

Today's thought for "making my minutes matter" is to figure out how I can make four weeks in Europe become my reality. Any ideas?


  1. How fabulous for your daughter. What a wonderful experience.

    1. She's not even 20 yet! And she's already posting from her apartment!

  2. Congratulations to your daughter! I understand the tears of happiness : >

  3. Thanks Patti! I couldn't even go to bed last night until I watched her plane land! (on Flight Aware.)

  4. Wow, what an amazing opportunity for your daughter!

  5. Strategy for getting to Paris: We know you write really well. Develop a book proposal for a witty, tongue-in-cheek variant on the "look/eat/raise children like a Frenchwoman" meme--take advantage of the fact that none of us will ever be Ines de la Fressange, nor would we really want to be. Get an agent, sell the proposal, and use the advance to go to Paris. Heck, do a comparative study and toss in a few other European capitals. (Hire me as your fact-checker. I'll take the small, cheap attic room in the hotel.)

  6. (Alternatively: "How to look/eat/raise children like a Norwegian woman." Make sure the plane to Oslo stops in Paris.)


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