This is the Coupe-Callens family (minus a son who lives in another city). We had lunch with them on our first day in France. Actually is was more like the main meal: apertifs, a salad, baked potatoes and shish kebobs off the grill, wine, cheese, bread, and berries with ice cream for dessert. I am not going to even begin to name the cheeses; there are so many, more soft cheeses than I ever knew existed. Stinky? Yes! But definitely delicious. Caroline, the daughter, is going to be on an exchange in the Detroit area this coming school year. After eating we went to the pharmacy that they own. It is a very hi-tech place with a robot that shelves and retrieves medicines from a stockroom. The robot scans each item as it is shelved or sold so that they have an up to date inventory at all times. It was very interesting to watch it zip back and forth retrieving items from the shelves in the stock area.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.