To my kids’ teachers on this special day

Today was the most awaited ceremony of the year in my children school: the Principal Awards ceremony. This special event usually gathers hundreds of well dressed students, parents, teachers, grand parents, brothers and sisters. But this year the Principal was alone. No crowd to cheer up, no loud clasps to congratulate each awarded student. The ceremony was live on YouTube. Yet it was fantastic, the … Continue reading To my kids’ teachers on this special day

Gentle reminder ❤️

Sometimes all we need is a change of perspective 💜 From today midnight, Hanoi will be locked down for at least 2 weeks. We too will be staying home “for the love of the Nation“. We are allowed to get out  but only with 1 person. Social distancing is 2 meters. The poster says we need to “report coughing to the health authorities. Report fake … Continue reading Gentle reminder ❤️

US and Syria, French presidential elections, United AirLines: anything I can do?

How do you cope with the news? Do you also experience waves of anxiety, and fear for the world we are creating for our children? I have spent the last days arguing about the American policy, desperating about the French presidential candidates and hysterically retweeting about how United Airlines forcibly dragged a 69-year-old man from its overbooked plane. Violence calls for violence, I think it is in our human … Continue reading US and Syria, French presidential elections, United AirLines: anything I can do?

Reblog Wed: On valuing our children in the classroom too

Originally posted on Motherhood Made Me Do It:
My son came home today with a giant piece of paper with his name written in the middle, surrounded by several incredibly kind words and phrases that his friends had used to describe him. He was beaming with pride when he showed me. It was, by far, his proudest moment in school to date. To be recognized… Continue reading Reblog Wed: On valuing our children in the classroom too

This is not the end. This is just The Beginning

Yes it happened and don’t expect me to cry and enrage over the results. It’s done. It shows the power of one vote and that we should never, ever underestimate it. Of course I am in shock, but I decided to put all my energy on those who need it. If there is one thing that this vote taught me is that every word has consequences, … Continue reading This is not the end. This is just The Beginning

The Magical passkey to Thursday Door (works every other day too)

When I see a door, I hear a No! No entry, no trespassing, watch out for the dogs! Some people are like doors : They are closed, they don’t smile, they are so locked that I feel like running away from them, in case they would turn into real bad dogs.  I see many of them when I travel back home, in Paris. It shocks … Continue reading The Magical passkey to Thursday Door (works every other day too)

Mundane Monday: Handle with Love, Care and Tenderness

I love letters, the real ones, on paper. The ones written with a pen, with no “delete” or “spell check”. The ones I can hold and smell, that will never need batteries to come to life. I cherish them like the unique jewels they are, because they come from a time people had time – or at least made time. Back then, an envelope was already telling … Continue reading Mundane Monday: Handle with Love, Care and Tenderness