|Photo by Victoria J Greene|
|Monday, Nov 16th - Out to the Cafes! Join 'le tout Paris' on the terrace!|
My Pépe, Leon Briet was a prisoner of war in WW1. He successfully led his family (and wine collection) through the dangers of WW2 in France. He often reminded my cousins and I that our generation was lucky to be growing up without the threat of war, hunger and deprivation. Pépé's favorite toast over dinner was "Encore une que les bosches n'auronts pas " (One more that the [enemy] won't have) and he would roar with laughter. No anger, no hateful rhetoric, just pure joy in the moment. A meal and a bottle or two of delicious wine shared with loved ones. I may have heard about the great hardships and destruction brought on by war and the horrible actions taken against many sorts of people in those times however the elders in my family looked to the future with hope and love. Racism, separatism, discrimination - not preached and certainly not tolerated because those sentiments represent the seeds of war.
|Photo by Marie Z Johnston|
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"Bon Courage" is the phrase offered by French friends and family when we are in the midst of something challenging. Courage comes from a 1300 century French word "corage" meaning heart. If ever there were a time to "Have Heart", to speak and behave in "Heartfelt" ways, that time is now. I hope you will join those of us who choose Courage.
Bon Courage, MarieZ