Tomorrow we go home – sniff, sniff. My blog is no longer a week behind schedule. I’m real-time now. I have to admit that I’m sad to say goodbye to Marseillan. This village has been so good TO us – it has been so good FOR us.
I’m going to miss my morning ritual of buying fresh food daily. I’m going to miss the boulanger I have grown to like so much. She has been so good to my Angels giving them treats. I loved walking by the fruit and veggie market everyday, smelling the wonderful fresh and local produce. I’m going to miss the butcher, who always let me buy a cooked chicken, even when I didn’t order it in advance
I’m going to miss the lazy days we spent lying around, taking strolls through the village, meeting locals and speaking French. I’m also going to miss the mix of people we have met here from all over Europe. It’s been fun!
The endless parties – I thank you Marseillan for wonderful summer entertainment. I’m going to miss the cheap alcohol – my liver will thank me for the break!
I’m going to miss going to the beach, playing in the sea, and feeling the sand under my feet. I will think of you often, Mich, when I think of “le plage” (and when I think of a lot of other things.) It is at “le plage” that I let go of those awful nightmares. I lost you, my aunt and one of my very best friends, but I now have gained some wonderful new memories that I will share with you, even if only in my dreams. I’m not sure if I ever told you – you were one of my best friends. I choose to believe you knew. You had a gift, Mich. You could make everyone and anyone feel special. That is a real talent. And, as a reminder to the rest of us – it’s so important to tell the people around you regularly that you love them.
I don’t think Chris and I have ever felt this relaxed in our life (aside from maybe when we were kids and Mom & Dad were footing the bills.) This has been a life changing experience for us. If there is anything that I have learned planning and taking this trip, it is that – ANYTHING is possible.
I encourage everyone to stop and evaluate their lives and their happiness. Take a moment and ask yourself if you need to take a break – a breather. Do you need to make a change, and try something new? Are you saving and saving for your retirement? (This is necessary, yes.)
But what about looking at things differently.
Why not take mini-retirements throughout your life and enjoy SOME of your savings while you are still young and have lots of energy? These breaks don’t have to be as extravagant as the one we’ve just taken. These mini-retirements can be local, in your home – whatever you fancy! I can’t stress enough how great this break has been for us.
Ask yourself – what’s the worst thing that can happen by taking a break? If you can’t come up with a good answer – then – take it! And – if by chance you are interested in visiting the South of France – stop by the village of Marseillan. You surely won’t be disappointed.
Thank you for a wonderful summer, Marseillan. Your village is the best kept secret.
PS – Final Post for this blog tomorrow. Check back!