I have always cooked; standing behind my mother, creaming the butter for sugar cookies, chopping the onions and celery for turkey stuffing or seasoning the flour for fried fish or chicken. It’s always been interesting to me, as interesting as the ridiculous number of books I’ve read and the life successes of my husband and children. I guess it had to do with the connect that you make with family and friends by feeding them; a gift that you give with no price tags or expectations of return.
Eh bien, when I left work and came to France with our daughter Jade, I sort of fell into a hole. My husband was not here and the fairly busy life of work and receptions had ended. I didn’t know what to do with myself. My son, then in Paris, suggested first that I start a restaurant. Not. Then he suggested that I start a blog. So I did, November 2010, I think.
I’ve considered myself a fanatic blogger. I post once and sometimes twice a day. Why? Because I miss my family. I started my career as a “following to join” spouse in overseas American embassies because it passed the time while I waited for my husband to come home from work and my son from school. No ambition. The rest of my family was far away in the States; seeing them was an event celebrated every 2-3 years.
I guess I haven’t changed. Blogging has become a substitute for work and my “place holder” for my family. I just realized this over the holiday.
I love taking pictures and sharing but the camera lens is no substitute when I’m looking at my men and girl through my own eyes.
Now my husband is going back to work in Southern Sudan, our son left on the 28th to work and carve out a life for himself as his parents did. Boy howdy, it was good that we succeeded on being together for another Christmas!
I want to thank everyone who visited my blog over the past year. You kept me centered, happy and gave me the patience to wait. Roger, http://stowell.wordpress.com/ thank you for the gift of photography. I don’t think I would have continued the blog with as much enthusiasm if it wasn’t for you. I’m hoping to return to the Vendee with family this summer. C, http://thekitchensgarden.wordpress.com/ thank you for your superior writing and photographs. You kept me laughing. Fay, http://readramble.wordpress.com/ thank you for the music and books. My reading was in a rut and you pulled me out. Frugal, http://frugalfeeding.wordpress.com/ I love reading your blog. It has reminded me of the goodness of simple, well prepared meals. Greg, http://rufusguide.wordpress.com/you not only put a lot of effort into your blog but you find the time to visit and comment on others’ efforts. Thank you. Jade, http://jade00.wordpress.com/ thank you for eating my food with such enthusiasm and for being the perfect daughter.