I wish it would rain baguettes. Every day. Every night. Montmartre daydreams of cobble-stoned walkways meander around my every thought. Representations of Eiffel Towers adorn nearly every inch of my domestic landscape. Every July 14th, I toast to Le 14 Juillet, or Bastille Day as it’s known as in the United States. Resisting the urge to faire la bise, or cheek kiss, friends and family all the time is often excruciating. These are just a few of my tendencies. Hi. I’m Jessica, and I am an unapologetic francophile.
Being a francophile- the lifestyle of and intense admiration for France and French culture- began one afternoon in nineteen-ninety…something… when I snuck into my sister’s room to snoop through her book collection. As the younger sister, I was fascinated with every element of my older sister’s teenage existence. Books were no exception. Her shelves always swelled with extraordinary authors, so I knew I was bound to find a gem. While grazing along several worn book spines, I saw it. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen! This unfamiliar language was stunning. I couldn’t understand any of it, but the words and symbols spilled from the pages into a concert of linguistic splendor. With such an immediate attraction, I knew that this flickering curiosity would escalate into a colossal obsession. It did.
Many years, dozens of French classes, three Parisian adventures, and a house full of French decor later, and my heart still flutters with a French pulse. It’s a culture with which I identify. Aside from this passion, I’m a native Bostonian who spends her days as a wife, a mom to two kitties and a petit garçon, a freelance artist, and a higher education administrator. Sharing my adventures and French enthusiasm with you is the greatest of pleasures!