“April in Paris” is one of those phrases that instantly evokes a certain nostalgia. A mood set in three simple words. (Listen to Ella & Louis do their rendition of the song).
I’ll be interested to return to Paris this month (though I’m not rushing my sojourn in Guadeloupe. Bravo to those who figured out my current location from the last post’s clues!). Distance is always great for allowing us to see places we know with fresh eyes. I wonder, too, if Paris – and France – have some new changes in store.
After two rounds of voting, Paris elected its first-ever female mayor, Anne Hidalgo. (Most of France moved to the right politically in the recent municipal elections, but as Paris is so often an exception, the Socialist candidate prevailed there).
Hidalgo was born in Spain, but grew up in Lyon, becoming a French national at the age of 14. She quoted the writer Sacha Guitry in saying: “Being a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there.”
I love the idea of rebirth in the city (though not sure I yet get to wear the title of Parisian!). I think the sentiment can resonate for a lot of people who move to another country. It’s not only a chance to reinvent ourselves – in many ways we have to.
In catching up on my Paris news, I found this delightful video about The Kale Project.
I know the lovely woman behind the project, Kristen Beddard, and have been watching as she single-handedly started the movement to bring kale to France. She’s gotten a lot of press for her efforts, from Madame Figaro to The New York Times. Whereas two years ago, kale was impossible to find in Paris, it now crops up citywide.
In the video Kristin talks about reinventing herself. In a way, she found a place for herself in Paris by creating it.
So it may be April Fool’s Day, but this is no joke: create what you seek!
How have you reinvented yourself in your life?