Though there were plans to visit Disneyland Paris this week, the weather here is a bit too cold and today it actually snowed. So my “amusement park” for our prompt today is this super quick little doodlewash of Jardin du Luxembourg, which Philippe and I took a stroll through while heading back to our apartment. It was fun to see the snow falling over Paris and was actually a lovely break from the cold rain. We had lunch with my sister-in-law at a British brew pub and watched the snow from inside. For a moment, it felt more like we were on Michigan Ave. in Chicago rather than in France. Though we took the metro to get there, we decided to walk part of the way back and go through the park. There were kids having a snowball fight and others making a snowman. The French word for snowman is “bonhomme de neige” which sounds far fancier and is certainly a much longer word to say. The latter activity was a bit more challenging as there was only about 3cm of snow, so it was a very short little snowman indeed. Couples were taking selfies in front of the snowy landscape and though it was certainly still very cold, everyone seemed so happy.
It’s rare to get snow in Paris, yet there’s more in the forecast for tomorrow. Philippe said that his grandmother mentioned getting snow more often, yet when he was growing up it was extremely rare. It’s happening more often again now, it seems, with the climate changing. I was expecting lots of rain and temperatures that were a touch warmer than back home, but instead the weather here feels much the same. It was fun to see the excitement from the children in the park. I’ve always loved seeing snow as a kid, but I always sort of expected it would happen. I was just waiting for the many days throughout the season when it would arrive. It never occurred to me that it might not appear at all that year. So, I can only imagine the delight at seeing something occur that only happens once, if at all, during the year. It’s so much more rare and mysterious that way, making the experience several times more amazing. Those are the types of things I love, and this entire trip has been like that for me. To have a bit snow on top of it was a beautiful gift indeed.
And in the spirit of rarity, I attempted a little scene with actual people, that’s not really in my usual style. I decided to adopt the joyful spirit of those kids I saw today and just play a bit. Tonight we met another friend for dinner and drinks and had a lovely evening. It’s after midnight again and I’m making this little post, just capturing bits of things that sparked my imagination during the day. These little ephemeral moments are my favorite as they remind me of everything I was feeling about the day when I revisit them later. I’m understanding more and more French as the days go by, but I’m still at a loss to make proper conversation. In some ways, getting to be a silent observer much of the time is a bit of a luxury. I get to soak up my surroundings and just be in the moment. In other ways, I’m constantly reminding myself that I really need to start making a more serious effort to learn the language so I’m not a complete child when I visit here. But in some ways, I’ll always be a child, because there’s always a part of me that I simply can’t let that bit go. That small inner voice that screams with delight and understands just how incredibly wonderful the day can be, especially when it snows in Paris.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and Indigo (my “Vintage” Trio!).. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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