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Rose Trees Never Grow in New York City.

...nor do they in Paris. Good thing. These two cities can be thorny enough without the help of these misleading beauties.

So every Thanksgiving I play Elton John's "Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters", to me this is a song that sings of true gratitude.

While I will forever be grateful for the several chances of making the petulant city of Paris my home as well as the myriad opportunities I have been given, my gratitude goes beyond scenery, as we all know beauty isn't the key to happiness. People are.

My twenties had been a trial and error of faded friendships and acquaintances gone by. Only a handful of solid rencontres have remained, and have been handled like seashells collected on this journey. In the words of Elton John, "I thank the lord for the people I have found...I thank the lord there's people out there like you."

I'm thankful for the life long friends in New York who I count as my family, my "newer" (is 10 years still new?) friends out in Los Angeles, the people in Paris who may have not had their best intentions but who have challenged me and have unwittingly made me stronger, the fascinating characters I've met through this blog giving me a break from my own life, and you...dear readers. Thank you for checking in with me everyday, taking the time to drop me a note, sharing your experiences with me and well, for just being you.

But there are a few people that get an extra special thank you...


I may not be understood by most of the members of my family 
and you know what? 
That's okay.
 I'm thankful for my parents who have always believed in me, encouraged self expression and most importantly passed down...

..their biting sense of humor, contagious laughter
and ability to find the joke in even the 
most trying of situations.
What are they laughing at here?
Their little secret on their wedding day.
I'll give you a hint: my brother is somewhere in this photo.

I'm also thankful for finally meeting someone who understands and respects me.
What a concept!
And who incidentally wears the same white jazz shoes 
as my father and my hero Serge Gainsbourg did.

Be thankful for not just the food in front of you, 
but who you are sharing it with.

I know, I'm all mushy today, but hey, it's the holidays!
Yes, they have officially started...today.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving from Paris!
 

31 comments:

  1. Yahoo for men who wear white jazz shoes and gratitude. Gobble, gobble!

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    1. Love the white jazz shoes. So class. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

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  2. Your parents are so cute! For a sec, I thought that was you as a teenager hugging your dad, then I was like, "hold on, is that a super-fancy First Communion dress? No, duh, it's a wedding dress" (totally missed the giant cake). With the hair and mo and brown (?) suit, your dad actually looks a lot like my dad on his wedding day! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. OMG! Gwan! I thought the EXACT SAME THING!!!:))) Then I clued in to the cake;)

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    2. I think the brown wedding tux was the standard for all weddings in the 70s, as well as mustaches that weren't meant to be ironic!

      My mother and I do look a lot alike, even now! I take that as a compliment. Thanks guys!

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  3. How sweet, I love old wedding photos. You definitely have your mom's giant smile!

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    1. Thanks Edna!! That's so nice of you to say! I love my mom's smile. :)

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you from Pittsburgh! Love the wedding photos! So sweet.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving as well! We tried to make it as festive as possible not being in America, I think we managed! Eating left over pumpkin pie for breakfast now. : )

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  5. Happy thanksgiving from the great white north....and LOVE that Elton John song...love it...

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    1. Hey Debs:) From one gal in the great white North to another;)

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    2. Ditto. Even though Thanksgiving was about a month ago :)

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    3. Thank you, Debbie! Isn't this song great? It is one of my favorite Elton songs! I love the scene with this song in Almost Famous even better than the 'Tiny Dancer' scene.

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving from the Tropics!
    Ready to stuff my face with food and wine but most importantly, ready to spend time with most of those I am so grateful for having in my life. The rest are in my thoughts and heart.
    Great pics and I also thought it was you, wow the resemblance!
    And I think I can see your brother on the second photo, hiding behind your mom's dress?
    How fantastic! They look sooo happy! Oh love..

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    1. My brother is IN my mom's dress. She was pregnant. : )

      It's a joke between me and my brother that I'm jealous that he was at our parent's wedding!

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  7. It's so funny: when she's squeezing your dad with her eyes closed, your mom looks just like you on that pic you posted a few days ago squeezing an old musician friend!:)

    Gratitude attracts good things:)

    Happy Thanksgiving!:)

    Mxoxo

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    1. I put the photos side by side and the resemblance not just of my mother and I, but the nature of the photos are freakishly similar! Good call!

      Gratitude does bring good things, doesn't it? : )

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  8. You're a biligual girl?? O joy. I always wanted to speak French. C'est la guerre, oui, n'est-ce pas?? (the only smattering I know). Greetings, earthling!! Shouldn’t be long, gottawanna run back to Heaven; in the meantime, however, take anything and everything you wanna from our wonderfull, plethora-of-thot to write the next, great masterpeace -if- I can but kiss your gorgeous, adorable feets and/or cuddle withe greatest, ex-mortal-girly-ever to arrive in Seventh Heaven. Think about it. Do it! Get back with me Upstairs, k? God bless you, doll: pleasure-beyond-measure is waiting in the Great Beyond for you and eye …thewarningsecondcoming.com ...et c'est ca.

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    1. This comment is hilarious.

      I'm assuming it's spam but I had to publish it.

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  9. I'm late! Happy Thanksgiving from CA to Paris!

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    1. Thank you! You're not late, it's still Thanksgiving weekend! Happy Tgives to you as well!

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  10. You really are the spitting image of your mom. Love those pics. Super cute!!!

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    1. Thanks BEP! How cute is my mom in these photos. She's so bite size!

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  11. I don't know if this is really inappropriate or not but your dad was kind of a fox ;)

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    1. Hahaha Jenna! You wouldn't be the first! A friend of mine here saw a photo of him in the 90s and said he was a beaugosse (hot stuff). Oh la la. Thanks for the comment! You got a good chuckle out me. : )

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  12. Happy thanksgiving from England. I think all counties should adopt this festival.

    Thanks to my American friends I also reflect on my blessings on this day and also give thanks for my dear friends I have made through the internet and fellow bloggers.

    Your parents look so young, in love and hopeful ....lovely pics.

    Love Denise

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    1. Thank you, Denise! I agree, every country should have a day of giving thanks! I don't see that ever happening in France, so I won't hold my breath!

      This Thanksgiving was a lovely weekend filled with food, pumpkin martinis, seasoned stuffing and being thankful for what we have! I couldn't have asked for more.

      I hope you had a nice weekend!


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  13. Hello! I've just discovered your blog and you are HILARIOUS! Some of your recent posts (especially the ones on neighbours and dating in Paris) had me in stitches. :)

    Just dropping by to say hello and looking fwd to reading more of your blog!

    Belated happy American Thanksgiving!
    Milsters

    (www.littlepiecesoflight.com)

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    1. Thank you so much Milsters! What a lovely comment! I'm glad that you enjoyed reading some of my posts and I hope to keep your equally entertained with future ones!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  14. Happy belated Thanksgiving, Ella!

    It's been 2 years without turkey for me, but I was in Turkey, so does that count?

    I love the wedding photos of your parents. Your mom's gorgeous smile is so similar to yours in the photo of you and Adam! Good genes on both sides!

    Regarding the white jazz shoes- quelle coïncidence de dingue !

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  15. This was beautiful, really and truly. x.

    P.S. The fact that Seb wears the same style shoes as your date and Serge is definitely a sign!

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