Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Nostalgia and longing the French way

It seems there are many parties in La Perrière, Normandy, France.
Sunday night the celebration of Lynn’s birthday: an American woman who lives in a medieval house right at the main square of La Perrière.
Restoring the old bakery into a private home with on the ground floor an art-gallery.

In the large space on the first floor dominated by a huge modern kitchen and a large table the guests were arriving with plates of food and bottles of wine.
Many were not French because foreigners have been buying old houses in this part of France to live comfortably and beautifully.

The first person to truly meet was a 4-year-old boy by the name of Rafaël.
In general the attitude with children is to take them serious.
And not communicate with them in a childish way.
The result is a fascinating conversation like with Mr. Rafaël.
He claimed he could already read and most particularly all the words that exist.
The father of Rafaël, who was listening to the conversation, had doubts about his son’s claim.
Not so the photographer with a Senorita in Mexico.
Who understands what it is to have illusions and how they can become reality.
That is what his PS-series is all about.

And then the next statement of Rafaël was even more flabbergasting.
This young man claimed that cars can talk.
Most adult people will watch their wristwatch to see how long that kind of nonsense takes their precious time.
But the faithful blogwriter had another way of receiving this statement.
“Rafaël, houses, mountains and giraffes, including elephants, and photo cameras don’t talk, so how come cars can talk?”
This smart little fellow explained cars talk with flashing their headlamps, letting their claxon hear and illuminating their brake lights.
And isn’t this very true?
This is exactly how cars communicate important messages.

Later a TV journalist was met.
Who works for the M6 channel in France.
He had been doing a documentary on alternative energies in California, USA and loyal and fervent blog readers will remember how their humble servant had been doing exactly the same for a corporate magazine in August 2007.
With Emmanuel Leclerq, the name of the super simpatico TV-journalist, memories were shared of people and situations in California, USA both had been in.
Making a bond.
Now, Emmanuel Leclerq, is planning to do a TV-documentary about people who manage to live outside society but are still of social influence anyway.
And hearing about the Fuso Szulc he realized he found a candidate for his film.

Later at this nice party with good food and excellent wine a most remarkable lady was met.
She came up to the permanent pilgrim and started to ask questions.
Before we knew we were talking for 2 hours non-stop.
Helena Divov is from a noble Russian family that escaped from the claws of the Bolsheviks in 1917.
They reached Caïro in Egypt where her grandmother started an embroidery business.
Eventually they moved to South Africa where Helena was born.
She was send to a boarding school in the United Kingdom and became a European.
Being a nomad by nature and history, she has lived in different places of the world and has now temporarily settled on a farm near La Perrière, Normandy, France.
However, she is trying to buy a piece of land on a Greek Island to live there to be between the blue and the blue as she puts it.
The sea and the sky.
Helena calls herself a “wounded healer” and has an acupuncture practice in Paris, France.
All kinds of people come to her for treatment and she has the Ayurveda method.
To approach health and mind as a whole.

It is all very well to live all around the world and to get in all kinds of situations.
To meet constantly very interesting people.
But the hard fact of being a globetrotter is that usually they are once in a lifetime encounters.
How interesting a person is, for both protagonists life goes on and this at different places on this globe.
This is not necessarily a disadvantage or a negative aspect.
The intensity of the meeting is very much decided by the fact that it is probably now and never anymore.
This lack of consequences and longer-term implications allow freedom to be more open, direct and emotional.
However, in spite of this, always there is nostalgia and a longing to want to meet the person again soon.
But no efforts are made because life is lived like floating in a river.
Of course the Mexican Senorita is the only exception.


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