August 31, 2010

This is Paris


Photo Credit: Sara Hawkins

Every once in awhile BabyGirl will want me to read to her in bed before she goes to bed. It’s not all that unusual, except that within the past year she hasn’t wanted bedtime reading all that often. Her reasoning is that we read too slow. And, well, that’s probably true. She is a phenomenal reader and reading to her slowly must be excruciating for her.

Tonight was one of those nights, though, when she decided she wanted me to read to her. What book would she pick? Sometimes it’s a book about foxes or dolphins or elephants Bubbe sent from the Reader’s Digest series. For awhile this summer it was a book on the Solar System. But tonight was different.

We’re in transition, so to speak. CycleGuy is currently living in San Francisco due to his job. It’s not optimal but we’re making the best of it. BabyGirl is pretty understanding most of the time, although she really just wants to pack up and move to San Francisco because it’s cooler there. Really, I don’t blame her. If only it were that easy. To up and leave and move to your dream place.

Tonight, BabyGirl picked Miroslav Sasek’s This is Paris. It’s a cute book, originally published in 1959. The pictures are a bit primitive, and the writing quite basic. But BabyGirl loves this book. Not because it’s fabulous or amazing or anything like that. One reason, and one reason only. I get to tell her about when I visited each of the places mentioned.

She asks new questions each time. But also sometimes she’ll ask the same ones she asked last time. BabyGirl knows that moving to France is my Ultimate Someday. And she knows that it’s one of the vacations I’m currently saving for. And, she speaks French so she likes to correct me. And I oblige by using my worst French accent and completely mutilating the words just to allow her to correct and teach me each time. It makes her so happy! Me too!

Reading this book brings back a lot of memories that I get to share with her: zipping through the Louvre with CycleGuy, eating the best sandwiches from street vendors, fresh crepes from the cart, people watching and visiting the sites. I want to go back. I get impatient, but know that the experience I want to share with BabyGirl will require time. Not so much money, but time in France does require money. So, it’s both. Mostly time though.

France isn’t a country you rush through. Same with the book. I don’t rush. I read, I explain, I answer questions. I describe the people, the food, the places. And one day we’ll arrive and she’ll look around and know This Is Paris.

Where do you want to go? Do you have a place or places you want to take your spouse or kids?I have a long list of places, but France has always topped my list. What’s yours?



Tanya August 31, 2010 at 7:11 am

Love your post! My 8 year old daughter and I plan on going to Paris together one day, I will share this post with her when she gets home from school today!

Vdemetros August 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

Daughter and I have a plan to visit Ireland and Scotland in the future. We’re hoping for next year, but you never know. I hope you will be in Paris soon.

TracyC August 31, 2010 at 9:43 am

I would like to go to Hungary and see where my grandfather was born. My husband wants to take me to Scotland, Ireland, and Isle of Mann.

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang August 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Oh, I love this! Your writing is so beautiful and your stories are so sweet! Thank you!

Honey September 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Hi Sara,

That is awesome that you get to share your memories with your daughter.

If I could take my kids anywhere it would be on a trip across Canada, by car. I want to see the east coast because it looks so pretty in pictures. I want to see everything in between too.

It is not as far away or nearly as romantic as France, but it could be just as much fun.


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