One Year

My friend Sarah's cat. His name is Little. He's big. I did a fair bit of lounging myself since we last spoke!

Hello, friends!

I know; it’s been awhile. I stumbled back into Paris yesterday just as I left it a month ago: racing against a snowstorm. The East Coast of the US got slammed and I escaped by just a hair. I’ve come back to rain and gray skies – the normal Paris winter, if you will. A fresh, warm baguette upon arrival made me forgive the city for such a soggy welcome.

Vermont College of Fine Arts on New Year's Eve

Funny, how the markers of “home” have changed for me. Between Christmas gifts, books, and a new pair of boots (I’m a sucker for boots), I had zero room for the little treats I usually bring back from the States: mac & cheese, peanut butter, black beans, Trader Joe’s chocolate-covered pretzels. (We can talk later about my random selection, if you want).

But coming back to Paris, changing trains at Gare du Nord and being taken in by the smell of pastries (gosh, even in a dingy train station the pastries smell good!), getting off at my metro stop, Alexandre Dumas, and rolling my suitcase through the outdoor market, I marveled: wow, actually, *this* is home. I think I might just make it this stretch without my home comfort food. Seems as soon as I popped into my bakery I was reminded I’ve found comfort right here in the City of Light.

I love being Tata Sion

A month away is a lot to recap, so I won’t really do that here. Only to say it was a bit of a blur between friends, family, school. I rode Amtrak for nearly 14 hours (DC to Vermont), played in the snow, met some amazing writers, watched my niece walk and run everywhere when last I saw her she was only crawling. I stocked up on hugs (as the French kisses don’t always do it for me, you might remember), brushed up on my English (true! The longer I live in France, the worse my English gets – not so hot for a writer, eh?), and pondered, as I always do, this life between here and there.

I wish you all a Bonne Annee. I know it’s late, but I’ve stumbled into 2011 a bit like I’ve stumbled back to Paris: a little disoriented, but full of hope, happy to see what lies ahead.

On this day, one year ago, I started this blog on something of a whim. I had just come home from a reading, it was snowing outside then, too. I had no idea how many awesome folks like you I’d meet along the way, that Paris, however (im)perfect, would become ever more rich and interesting to me, the more I explored. It’s a blog birthday, but more than that – I’m raising a toast to another great year for all of us.

The wall at Mama's Restaurant in NYC

Cheers and thanks!

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18 Responses to “One Year”


  1. 1 Lee Isbell January 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Happy birthday! You did it. I just started a blog and wonder whether I have the stick-to-it-tiveness keep it up. Welcome back to Paris. Hmmm. Not sure whether I’m entitled to say “back,” but I wish I was.

  2. 3 Lindsey January 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I knew you’d have a great time in the US and come back more enamored with Paris than ever :)

    Happy anniversary!

  3. 5 Stéphanie January 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Très bonne année Sion!

  4. 7 Drew January 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Love the blog! Didn’t know about it. Thanks for posting it on FB:-)

  5. 9 Buffy January 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May this year be wonderful for you with many new discoveries.

    I have pondered the idea of a blog, but haven’t taken that step. You have done a great job with yours.

    Take care

    Buffy

  6. 11 Tanya January 14, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Sion: congratulations!
    Time flies, doesn’t it? I’m so happy to know you through your blog. You made me think, laugh, and cry and I love your blog for that.

    Happy 1st year and here’s to many more years of (im)perfection!

    • 12 paris (im)perfect January 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you, Tanya! I have loved getting to know you over this past year! (Isn’t it funny we feel we really know someone simply online?) And I can pretty much guarantee many more years of (im)perfection – emphasis on the (im) :)

  7. 13 Sarah Van Arsdale January 14, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Little makes his International Blogging Debut! He is thrilled. So excited that he had to take a little nap.

  8. 15 Sarah Seltz January 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Happy blogiversary to you… happy “re-entry” period, too ;)

  9. 17 Karin (an alien parisienne) February 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    With all the “interestingness” that January held for me, and the busted computer to boot, I missed stopping by to wish you a happy blogiversary. :) I am so glad you started the blog and that we have had some good times together in the past year! Here’s to more good times!

    (And I have had fun catching up on your posts, too. That Meagan McGlover is a RIOT. :D I’m glad Patti Smith was such a charge, too. Very cool. Hope to catch up with you in person again soon, too!)


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