I am the luckiest mom on earth! My two lovely girls rode around the village today collecting flowers in their bicycle baskets and presented me with a colorful bouquet and a heart-shaped Valentine note. After baking cookies and making cards, we took a stroll to the village pub for Vintage Valentine Night to watch the 1943 classic movie, Casablanca. What a powerful story of sacrifice and unconditional love with a bitter sweet ending. Walking home, under the immense star-brimmed sky, I had to explain all this to the girls, who didn’t understand much during the movie. “Oh, now I get it, ” said the little one. “We’ll always have Paris.”

“Yes,” I said, “just like we’ll always have Dad.”

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5 Responses to We’ll always have Paris

  1. Mary says:

    Hello Leila :) It’s so nice to meet you! I really love your blog and how creative you are. Congrats on your book being published and on your big move!!! I hope to own your book soon. I am SO sorry for your loss!!!! *huge hugs*

    My best,
    Mary @SilverHealer on Swap Bot

  2. Lani says:

    What a lovely day! I hope I can have a day like that with my daughter, bicycling, Casablanca, flowers & all. Do you live in the US? I’m used to California & I find it hard to imagine a safe area to bicycle here. You’re very lucky to live in an area where such a sweet day can happen.

    • Lani, we live in South Africa and I’ve just moved from the city to this country village for the very reason that it is one of the few places here where we can live like this! My girls can go out walking or riding their bicycles on their own around the village, to the shops, and to the post office for me! It really is like the good old days, and I’m so happy that I made this move. It is how I want my girls to grow up. We are visiting California in May/June this year and can’t wait!!

  3. Gothgirl says:

    Your beautiful post brought summer to my heart.. Here we have 3 feet of snow on the ground and flowers and bicycling are still months away. Good to read your move went well and you’re happily settled at the new home :)
    Long term blog pals via Swap-bot.

  4. When my girls were young, I always had the attitude of doing family things that created memories for them. This is one of those events. That’s what’s great about scrapbooking too as it can document for later recollection. I’m following you now. Hope you’ll follow on mine as well: http://www.vintageterrace2.blogspot.com
    Blessing, Coleen

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