Day 124: f*ing friday :: friends in france

4 May

TGIF.
F*ing Fridays are back!
And, they will continue to occur on Friday. I mentioned some of my favorite F words back on Day 5 in Year 1, including: Fearless, Fabulous, Fine, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness, to name a Few.

Last week I dove into the word Funny Fabulous France

Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the word:
Friends in France.

As in, Sara.

Today, I met up with my bestie Sara, under the Eiffel Tower.

As I approached our designated meeting spot, I was overjoyed to spot Sara walking towards me with arms outstretched, radiating her beautiful smile.

Voila!
There’s my Sara!

It was just ironic, happenstance, serendipity that we both ended up in Paris during the same month, same week, same day.

Who could imagine that she would be in Paris for a mother/daughter trip of a lifetime, and I would happen to be here as well, with Women on Fire.

No matter how it happened, it was fantastique!
And, it was the best f*ing finale to my time in beautiful Paris.

I came to Paris with my old engagement ring in hand.
I go home tomorrow, wearing a new ring on my finger. 

But, the best part of this ring is that it is a shared one.

Sara has the same one as I do.  And, so does her mother — who bought us all the same piece of jewelry (Thank you Sandy!) so we could remember our trip, and the power of friendship.

This may be my last night in the City of Light, but I am bringing home much more than souvenirs.

I am carrying home a connection to this great city, one I have never had before.  One that has replaced a romantic memory gone bad, forever etched in my heart, with a lifelong love for friendship and support.

It is one of savoir de vivre — learning how to live.
And, one of savoir de amour — learning how to love.

Love in everything – buildings, gardens, metro stops, baguettes, croissants and crepes.

Love for making new memories that will forever be mine.

Love for new friends — that I feel old with I will grow.

And a love for old friends too — who have already seen me grow.

Thank you Doni Belau, Girls’ Guide To Paris, and Debbie Phillips, Women on Fire,  for bringing me back.

And, thank you, Paris, for showing me more joie de vivre.
Au revoir. 

4 Responses to “Day 124: f*ing friday :: friends in france”

  1. Krist May 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM #

    Jamie, great to hear you’ve enjoyed your time in Paris so amazingly well. I very much appreciate your view on life and it makes me view mine a hit differently. So thank you for that.
    Could I suggest changing your Au revoir to Paris to A bientot? You never know when you may find your way back there. Just a thought.
    Cheers!!
    Krist

    • Jamie May 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM #

      A bientot! I love it!!! Good thought. Thank you Krist, such good advice and it makes my heart happy to think about the next time I will rendezvous with grand Paris.

  2. Lisa Umberger Arundale May 6, 2012 at 7:52 AM #

    J’amie!
    This is fabulous! I’m so very happy for you! The rings are wonderful and what a loving gift from your bestest’s Mom.
    Big hug to you!
    I may be in Naples on Tues, May 8th. Will you be there? Would love to connect.

    • Jamie May 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM #

      Thank you Lisa. Yes, I will be here and would LOVE to see you!

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