It’s a very sad night in our house but it’s been filled with laughter. I made the dinner I referenced last night, and our families, the Boudeaus and the Smallman-Shaws, sat around the table for hours enjoying each others’ company and friendship. At one point I just sat back and reveled in the awareness that it wasn’t two families sitting together, no. It was one.
It IS one.
Laurent, pictured here from our trip to REI of a few days ago (when he spotted a Tour de France hat in the sale section), made a lovely speech in English about both the historical and current connection of our families. It was both poignant and funny, and more than a little bit sweet.
Manon and Frédérique had to resist the temptation to correct his English. What was impossible to correct, or improve upon, is the sentiment. I gave his speech a perfect score, what in France is a 20.