⪧ We left our life in New York City to make a new one in Provence ⪦

May 26, 2011

4 years.



We did this funny thing four years ago and got married in a beat-up church in Harlem with an exalted choir and a 10-year old drummer boy. Now we live in Harlem in an exalted (according to us), beat-up house. It's worked out pretty well for us.

I've said before Xavier is like a weather system - this year we've had pretty good weather - a long day at the beach, in fact. Part of it is that I've finally broken through some of the cultural differences between us - made some real progress. Xavier's bluntness. His tendency to say "no", flat-out - "you look bad in that" - "I'm bored" (more precisely-->"you're boring me"), those kinds of things I used to take really personally. I don't anymore. I laugh.

Plus, he makes me laugh all the time - sincerely. At this exact moment, as an illustration, he is lying on the bed, inexplicably reading Tom Sawyer aloud with a heavy French accent: "Eets mighy ard to make eem work Satuurdays when all ze boys are aveeng oleedays, but e ates work more zan e ates anyzing else." When I realize what is going on, I laugh until my laptop is almost shaken off my lap.

Here is to more good weather. The forecast looks good.

8 comments:

Rosie said...

Joyful! Congratulations X and EM! We are ever cheering for you and praying that life will over you all the best. Before you know it - it will be 30 and you will be visiting your children in Harlem. Love you so! Mom and Dad

Jill said...

Love you two. "Happy Anniversary!" I'll be saying that to you in person in one week. I'm so excited!

Julie said...

Love it Emile.

Emilie said...

or Email, as one pastor liked to say.

Maria Petrova said...

you CRAZY, GORGEOUS, crazy-gorgeous people. next time you're in the Times it will be because you figured out how to feed africa, or how to stop a tsunami in its tracks. here's to blooms and blooms and blooms!

PeregrineBlue said...

magical. you found each other, playful, childlike, beautiful souls. i have so much admiration for you, you shine on your blog, i can see that inner beauty though i haven;t met you, you GET IT, you are alive in the most refreshing, wonderful way and i dare say ILIKE YOU VERY VERY MUCH!

you gotta keep on keepin on girl 'cause your special.

Emilie said...

Why thank you peregrine blue!

Karen said...

The highlights of my week are your blog entries, Emilie. And, I have to say, of all the photos you post (and they are invariably incredibly beautiful), my favorite is this one - who doesn't love a goofy beautiful photo over a beautiful one?? Merci for the loveliness (and goofiness)!

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