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Hairdos & Independence Day

Yesterday in the U.S. it was the 4th of July: fireworks, parades, flags waving around, all in celebration of those unlikely rebels who picked a fight about taxes and ended up with a country. The 4th in Abu Dhabi was ….Wednesday. But thinking about all those Americans celebrating Independence Day reminded me of a conversation I had a month ago with an actual freedom fighter.

Sinker

Being on the road for a month has taken its toll on Liam. On all of us, really, but he’s been having what my mom calls “sinkers” on a pretty regular basis. If he were a girl, I’d say he’s getting his period, but he’s a ten year old boy, so I don’t think that’s the right explanation. He loved Paris when we were there…until he hated the weird pizza, …

Beautiful Weapons

While we were in Paris, we visited Les Invalides, which is an entire museum devoted to weapons and warfare.  It’s the Arms and Armor wing of the Metropolitan Museum on a grand scale. Caleb, our little war-monger, was in heaven. Liam acted all disaffected and snooty about what he claimed was Caleb’s immature love of weaponry, but then he wandered into the rooms of samurai weapons…and he never wanted to …

We’ll Always Have Paris. Sort Of

So we went to Paris for two days before going on to Provence, where we were having a family reunion and celebrating my mother’s seventieth twenty-ninth birthday.  Two full days to revel in the city of light, stroll the tiny cobbled streets, marvel at the enduring romance of a river spanned by bridges, discover sweet little cafes tucked into quiet courtyards, sip chilled rose on the tiny balcony of our …