A fellow expat friend and I were talking over drinks and nibbles the other night and out of the blue she asked me if I ever thought about moving back to the States.
I sat there for a minute, like a deer caught in the headlights, trying to come up with a response.
Of course, I think about it.
But would I ever really consider it?
We've worked hard over the years to live here and there are many things I love and take for granted in France.
- fabulous, inexpensive healthcare and doctors and nurses who make house calls
- 600 + kinds of cheese!
- unpasteurized, hand churned salt butter
- amazing AOC wine from more regions than I can count
- efficient train travel (unless there's a strike...)
- numerous European countries at our doorstep
- inexpensive monthly internet and phone packages
- weekly outdoor markets with fresh, local produce
On the other hand, there are many things I do miss!
After thinking about her question some more on the train home to Normandy the next day, I realized that after 11½ years, a quarter of my life, I think we've reached the point of no return. We chose to change our lives and move to France and have managed to make it work despite the bureaucratic challenges and other headaches. We've learned to be more patient, flexible and very determined.
There has also been a huge emotional investment. We have put down roots here.
France is home.