Aug 19, 2015

Up,up and away!!

 How I (sort of) conquer my fear

 Ferris wheel always bring me dreaded memories. The mere idea of being lifted up from the ground makes me cringe with anxiety.
Sembrancher from atop
I thought that I was safe from this. I was wrong.
Most of our summer vacation is spent up in the mountain. Fresh air, wild flowers and tarte aux framboises. I love being surrounded by pine trees and seeing La Catogne every morning. We would hike and pick up wild strawberries and blueberries along the way. Enjoying fresh bolets and chanterreles.

However, reaching the chalet requires taking the CarPostal or the cable car. As one of our daughters started having motion sickness, the cable car is the most sensible solution.
My first ride with the whole family though filled with angst went just fine. I was quiet all the way up, fighting fear and anxiety.
But being alone with two toddlers is a different story. I tried to be composed. "Please, sit still."  
 V E R Y.  COMPOSED. "No this thing, will not go faster." Looking straight ahead as my two girls pointed this and that. "Yes, those are cows." Chewing all my mentos so that  my system could be filled with something minty and resfreshing-a good distration for my head ache. 
At last we arrived in Medran. No dou-dou was left. No limb was stucked. But it was the longest 15 minutes or so of my life, but strangely enough, a satisfying one. I realized then, that my girls made me conquered something in me. Yes, they are definitely my strength- my courage. For me the opposite of love is not hate, it is fear. Therefore, when there is love, there is no fear.

It felt very good despite the lightheadedness. 

So even after many summers of enjoying the mountain air and eventually conquering my anxiety, forgive me Mr. Ferris but I will stay down and enjoy your wheel from the ground. F O R E V E R.

May 13, 2015

One afternoon

She is overwhelmed by it all and in a few months come the big day. But in the meantime, she definitely needs to take it easy and relax. A quick stop at a café which lasted for an hour somehow helped and de-stressed the betrothed. was a  perfect day to plan, laugh and catch up  over a cup of coffee.

Jan 15, 2015

...we say Thank You---ang babait ninyo!

Internet might offer me something, I've told myself. So I googled thank you songs. Listen to the top 25 Thank You songs, suggested. They are good to listen to but how can I show everyone my gratitude with all these songs. So I give up. Here I am now writing my heart out.
Our vacation started a year ago--I planned in my head everything. From the letter to the principal to the things and places my children should and ought to do. Every minute counts so nothing should be wasted. It's not everyday that we got this chance to spend Christmas with the whole family. I have my agenda filled with everything and at last we paid our tickets. Our suitcases filled to the brim with things I thought my family would love.
Excited. Anxious. I was to travel alone with two girls with the energy of two young elephants.
Finally, home with family and friends. 27 days of memorable moments. 27 days of laughter. 27 days of being with the people we love.
and we thank you for these moments. Shared time, love and food. Of course, not all in my planner was done but spontaneity usually lead us to something more  delightful and rewarding.
So I thank you all for being a part of this wonderful vacation. There's no Thank You song I can sing which will  show how grateful I am. Cheesy it might sound but this one came from the heart.

 Thank you and till next vacation.

Jan 14, 2015

Afternoon to remember

 Late cream...kopiko... happily screaming children. I just lay there soaking my being to the green surrounding and the inner calmness. How I love this place, the thought of not being able to stay longer really pained me. That's life but the good thing is in my heart I can always go back. Enjoy the afternoon, the cool breeze, screaming kids and all.