An unexpected trip to Geneva
|It was comforting to see food from home while shopping for groceries this morning.|
Yesterday felt like any other Friday, with Stephane and I looking forward to the weekend and our cycling trip along the Marne River with Bruce, the owner of French Mystique Tours. But our lives took an unexpected left turn when Stephane's brother called to tell us that their mother had been medivacked to the hospital and that we needed to get to Geneva as quickly possible.
The intervening hours are a bit of a blur - we packed, sent some quick emails to family and friends, watered the plants and set off for Geneva. In our haste, my foot was a bit heavy on the gas pedal when we whizzed past a 30 kilometer per hour sign, so there's a good chance that I'll receive a present from the Swiss government in the mail. I can't think of any other reason why they would have taken our picture!
But even in the midst of tragedy, people need to eat. So, I headed off to the closest grocery store which is just over the border in France. Wandering through the unfamiliar aisles, I was comforted to see food from home. Food that I used to eat when I was a kid who didn't have a care in the world...except if I should twist off the top of the Oreo to eat the creamy filling first or eat it whole.
Another soothing sight was the chateau shown in the photo below. It stands at the entrance to the village where my parents-in-law live and we always pass it on our way to their house, whether it be for Sunday lunch or for an extended visit. It's solid and eternal.
Sitting in the hospital and watching all of the families gathered around a loved one, I'm reminded that life is a blessing to be enjoyed. Have a wonderful day and savor every minute of it!
Stephane's mother is in stable condition. We'll know more as the days pass.
|Vineyards and a small Swiss-sized castle near Geneva|