>Two Sunsets, Two Very Different Trips

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I’m sure you’re all tired of my posts about Paris and our recent trip to France. But today, for Wordless/Wordful Wednesday, I wanted to share a picture from a Paris sunset, 4 years ago, the last time we traveled to Paris as a family.

The picture looks idyllic. The Eiffel Tower is in the background and the kids (just two at the time) are resting on our heads on the perfectly centered green Paris bench. But if you zoom in really close on my face, you’ll see that my eyes are rimmed with red and that my smile is forced.

Rocking from the hormonal crash of an undetected miscarriage, overwhelmed from managing a toddler and a baby alone in France, I fought with my mother and sister and headed off with the kids in tow mired in a deep depression. The day before that picture, I was driving around the outskirts of Paris, crying and screaming at the GPS that I could not make a U-Turn as menacing youths walked near my car.

When Steve arrived in an unplanned rescue visit, I clung to him like a life raft before we headed out to see the Eiffel Tower.

This trip, thankfully, was filled with happy bustling chaos. Two sunsets, two very different memories.

Happy Wordful, Wordless and Way-back wednesday!

This is an original Chefdruck post. Please don’t copy without my permission.

3 Responses to >Two Sunsets, Two Very Different Trips

  1. >What a relief after your sad tale that second image was! 🙂

    What a wonderful, wonderful picture…and a great recounting of your emotions.

    Thanks so much for playing along with Way Back When-esday, Vanessa!

  2. >That sounds like a very difficult time.

    I'm glad this last visit was so different. I've enjoyed travelling along through your blog.
    Thanks for all the great posts.

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