Today I took my daughter Jordana to the airport. We've had such a wonderful two-plus weeks, it was hard to say goodbye. And there were a few frantic moments when both of us thought we missed that opportunity, due to security measures preventing ticketed passengers from exiting into the terminal. Eventually we met at passport control. As usual, I couldn't suppress a few tears.
Jordana is in her last year in college now, successfully following her own path. Much of her time in Paris has been spent in various museums, bookstores and a mosque, conducting research, photographing Islamic art and collecting fabric samples for the collection she will design. And of course there was shopping, always shopping. We stayed up late into the night chatting and watching DVDs while she sewed or embroidered and I helped scan documents or print photographs for her project.
Jordana has had to be very strong and independent, with David and me an ocean away. I have to say that I am knocked out by the wise and wonderful young woman she has become. I have learned so much from her. In case you didn't notice, I am a proud mom! Alas, we were so busy photographing everything else, we forgot to take pictures of each other. In any event, Jordana will be home in December; not long now!
Ever since we returned from holiday in England, I've been busy - first with guests, then with my daughter. I've afraid I've been remiss in responding to email and comments and in keeping up with other blogs. Yet I still have a packed schedule: routine doctors' appointments; a houseguest from Italy and visits from more blogging friends, as well as late-September brocante events at Chatou and at Vanves. In addition, I have hundreds of photos to upload, several posts and articles to write and -what I'm really supposed to be doing with my time - finish the book! So please bear with me while I practice my juggling skills.
Thank you all for the thoughtful birthday wishes! You - and Jordana - helped make it a very special day! Happy fall (or requiem, as my poetic friend Maddie prefers)!