From Nice we rented a car and drove up to Gap, France where we were treated to the generous hospitality of our friends Meg and Marc. Meg and I both taught at Bailey Gatzert in Seattle in the early 1990s. I think she taught 2nd or 3rd grade and I as always, taught kindergarten. Well, Meg left Seattle to teach in the Gambia, Africa where she met Marc, who is French (but NOT a teacher). She married Marc, moved to France, and now they have 2 charming little boys, Ben and Luc, and they live in Gap, France. There is a lot more to the story but that is it in a nutshell. We were so fortunate to stay in the guest room of their lovely home. And the food and wine....tres bien!
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.