At number 4, Rue de Sévigné in Paris there is a Cider bar. The name is simple and lovely as the place itself: Cidrerie du Marais. I found it by chance, while wandering around the city. It was a rainy Summer day and my next appointment wouldn´t be for the next couple of hours. Not a hard decision at all to get in, and choose a seat by the door.
Savouring my cider alone in the empty place, watching the clouds passing by, I enjoyed the coming sun stretching its rays, while the gentle summer breeze carried all troubles away. I think the technical term for what I felt that day is joie de vivre. The kind of feeling that is hard to feel during a pandemic. The kind of feeling that is hard to feel when you lose a friend.
The world is full of people, but one single beloved person goes away and, suddenly, there is a huge empty space in our world, don´t you think?
Last week was very hard and, frankly, I believe you had your share of grief and pain yourself, so instead of talking about the seemingly endless sad hours I went through, I would like to turn this into a feel good post, and share a few glimpses of happiness I had over the last couple of days:
I found out there is a passion fruit plant in front of my building.
I saw an orange butterfly and it flew quite close to me for a while.
A friend of mine told me he could see my point and changed his mind about a sensitive subject.
One of my former German students (long story, but in another life I was a German teacher) contacted me and thanked my for helping her embrace change and follow her dream career.
I guess this is as much joie de vivre one could wish for now. Small miracles are all around.
Be seeing you!
p.s. Click here for four and a half minutes of joie de vivre