Today’s story and heart burst 💛
I have two wonderful neighbours that I connect with in our building and one of them is Jo. She and I have had a few heart to hearts during the time I’ve lived here, and always stop to connect whenever we cross paths on our way in or out.
We speak in both French and English (she is French but her English is really good), and whenever she says something I’m not familiar with, she gives me the translation. She also helps correct my French as I speak.
Well, our last beautiful chat was on Thursday. We were both heading out at the same time, me for a walk and her to the grocery store. We ended up talking so long that I didn’t go for my walk and the grocery store closed, and she was without the one rare item she needed.
As we talked, she asked if I knew of Amélie. She said that I’m just like her with the way I look at things. (Side note: Keveen called me the Canadian Amélie way back when, and the piece that it's included in is called Poets Have Always Been Prophets.)
I beamed and thanked her and told her that Amélie is one of my favourite films and also my favourite character, and that the soundtrack plays a special part in my book, which I also told her about that night because that was the day my books came but I missed them so I was anxiously awaiting the return of the UPS guy the next day.
And I mentioned that I have not watched the film since learning French, and I wondered how much of it I’d understand at this point.
That evening we talked about many things. And when she used the word “franchement” in a sentence, I asked what it meant (it means frankly) because I loved the sound as much as I love the sound of “malheureusement” (unfortunately), and she agreed that both have a sonic beauty.
When I asked her what she had planned to get at the grocery store, I just so happened to have an unopened container of it and never planned to use it! So I went and grabbed it and she wanted to pay me for it but I declined since I had no intention to use it anyways and it was helping us both out. She said she’d pay me back somehow. So sweet.
Then tonight Paige came home to find the Amélie DVD hanging on our doorknob and when she passed it to me... oh my heart!!!!!
And the fact that Jo included my book title, my new favourite French word, and a written invitation (en français) to join her for a beverage sometime outside of our building, only added to the sweetness of this gift.
I'm feeling so loved from so many corners.
Guess what I’ll be watching this weekend ;)
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