Tuesday, January 12, 2010

la vie est la vie

One thing I am realizing is that life is life no matter where you go.  It is inescapable.  I still have a lot of laundry to do.  And it is less convenient with the little tiny machine I have that takes two hours to wash five shirts.  But at least I have one!  And I still have to cook meals.  And it is less convenient with no oven and no counters and a tiny refrigerator and none of my favorite pots and utensils.  But we are still eating plenty of yummy food!  And I still have to clean up after meals.  And it is less convenient with no dishwasher and the sink is really low and my back is starting to hurt and last time I didn't have a dishwasher I had two less kids and the others were smaller and we are all here all day long and since it is cold we always want a hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  But at least we have running water (that is sometimes warm!) and... yummy food (recurring theme).  And I still have diapers to change.  And I feel worse about it because even though I brought all of my cloth diapers, once I saw the washing machine situation I decided to just use disposables -- it was the diapers or the rest of our clothes.  But at least the disposables aren't ridiculously expensive!  And there are the other things like bathing:  I imagined having all sorts of time for pampering myself more than usual, but our hot water heater has about enough water for 1 and 1/2 baths so we really have to stagger our days, there is no shower, and the whole house is just cold and drafty.  But at least it is historic and cool!

I tend to idealize things and fantasize that everything will be so amazing when (summer comes, we go on that trip, the kids get bigger) and if (we just had a new car, a better washing machine, more money), but it all really has more to do one's outlook and attitude.  Our interior has permanence and can be molded and refined while the exterior cannot really be controlled and one must adapt to it.  Life is life wherever you are -- even in the south of France.  C'est la vie!


AFarCryFromNormal said...

Just what I needed to hear today! Amen sistah! Life is life wherever you are! Ohh you are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO profound! :-) Bonjour!

normal mom said...

Ah the lessons you learn when you cross the ocean.
You look happy/surprised in that picture! Enjoy doing laundry en Francais!

Anonymous said...

I just love seeing you in all these photos! How is it that a mother of five can look so young an pretty? I must admit that after seeing you all wearing winter coats, I am only slightly less jealous of your trip.
My plan is to soon sign up for goodreads, but I am procratinating. Hopefully you will see me there soon.
Laura Loura

Stacey said...

I had a washing machine just like that for 2 years in England..it had the payload size of a volleyball and took close to 2 hours to do a load. I had to wash every single day!! No dishwasher...YIKES!!!

DeAnna said...

Wow life in France what a great time for all of you.We sure did enjoy your last visit here I hope you can come again. Love Aunt DeAnna

Julie S said...

Your descriptions so remind me of life in Japan, especially in the early days/years. And have such nostalgic memories of the lack of central heating, the lack of oven, the lack of washing machine/dryer....not that I would want to go back to that...or would I?

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