Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Joie de Vivre: A virtual coffee

Paris is always a good idea.

~ The movie Sabrina


Pull up a cafe chair.
I've found us just
the right spot to drink
cafe au lait and watch
the world go by....

It's raining in Minnesota
as I write, but this is a virtual 
coffee, so I ask myself,
Where would you love
to be right this minute
sipping coffee and sharing
confidences over steaming
cups of goodness?


The sky is crystal clear,
with just a few puffy white
clouds.  Although it is
still early, the streets have
already been washed
clean; the city is ready
for the day.

The fragrance of fresh bread
from the boulangerie next
door permeates the air,
mixing with the aroma of
the rich brew in our cups.


How was your last week?

Mine was filled to the brim
with social activities.
Every day included a lunch
or coffee date, a baseball
game, a band concert or a
dinner party.

This seems to be the norm
at the end of the school year.
I call it the sprint to the finish.

And while I love spending
time with friends and cheering
on my son's baseball team, I'm
really a homebody at heart. 
Too much out and about social-
butterfly-ness throws me
off balance a bit.

This year we have received
half a dozen invites for
graduation open house parties.
My head just spins when I
realize that in two short years
we will be hosting our own
high school graduation party.

Sniff, sniff.

{I do think a chocolate crosissant
would help right now--thank you!}
  You are such a good friend!

One of the {many} things I
absolutely adore about watching
the world go by in Paris is
the fashion.
 So effortless ~
So classic, yet so current ~
So beautiful.

There goes a little girl in
a sweet smocked dress.
I love her red shoes!

There goes an older
gentleman ~
Trousers and white
dress shirt, a scarf
casually knotted
around his neck.

And there goes a
group of young women,
probably headed to the
office, high heels click
clicking on the pavement,
smartly cut dresses and skirts,
confident and glowing....

A scooter zooms past
us and rounds the corner,
roaring down a little side street.
Our waiter asks us if we'd
like another cafe au lait.

Oui, monsieur!

We chat about summer and
our sand-bucket lists.  Here's
part of mine:

strawberry picking
reading books by the lake
writing outside
early morning bike rides
my feet in warm sand
star gazing
cold museums on hot, muggy days

And it occurs to me
that what I really want
to do is capture moments,
like fireflies in a jar,
savoring them for a little
while and then releasing
them back to the universe.

Which is why we are in
Paris, sipping cafe au lait
together ~ capturing a moment.
The French do this so very,
very well.  It's in their
DNA, I think.

 They can pull up a table
and a chair anywhere ~
on a street
under a tree
on a terrace ~
Add a pot of coffee or a
bottle of wine ~
A friend and some sunshine ~
Voila! A moment : )

I haven't been to Paris in
many years.  I wonder if
technology has changed
the French way into the
mulitasking way that so
many of us now live?

I hope not.

I like to imagine that I
 can meet you for coffee,
the French way ~
and we will linger and
relax and be wonderfully
in the present. 
A gift.

Time to walk off our
croissants.  I want to hear
more about your sand-
bucket list.  Let's meander
towards one of the famous
Parisian jardins.  It's
 such a very pretty day and I
don't want this moment
to end.

 Thanks for joining me for
a virtual coffee.  Enjoy all of
your special moments,
this week!


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Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Oh my goodness, this takes me back to Paris! What a lovely way to start my day. Thank you!!

Mona Thompson said...

I wish I were in Paris but having virtual coffee with you is definitely the next best thing. Have s great day. Mona

Stitchfork said...

Whew, thanks Suzanne for that pleasant much needed escape! Crazy around here and now with two graduations done, and all three college guys home - groceries, need more groceries!
xo Cathy - who may have to come back for another escape moment!

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh sweet lady...I would share a cafe au lait and a croissant with you anytime. Whether in Paris, Italy, Chicago or Phoenix.....it matters not.

Pretty post today.



Anonymous said...

The rain is coming here too--just when I was planning my flower pots again...I love your list--capturing moments--me too!
Baseball games
warm days by the pool

Spring really is turning into summer-hooray!

Now if the rain will pause for just a bit.

Susan T said...

Oooh lovely lovely Paris, what a place to enjoy life ahd watch the world go by. Thank you so much for the invite. I feel refreshed.

melody-mae said...

this was such a FUN post!!! I would love to be sitting somewhere warm and sunny today...maybe hawaii right now for an iced coffee? :)

I was in Paris last August...we spent 3 days in Paris and a week at a chateau in the south of france...ahh, yes it was DREAMY!

Farmgirl Paints said...

well thanks for that little mini vacation;) i'd love to take a french break with a chocolate croissant and coffee. sounds mighty good right now as a matter of fact!

Whosyergurl said...

J'adore votre list! I've never been to Paris...would LOVE to go...I did study french for five years, though (many years ago just in case I didn't say "I love your list" properly.)But studying French for all those years just increases my desire to go to Paris.
did you ever see the movie "French Kiss?" (Bub. Bub Dylan)
Great post, Suzanne!
xo, Cheryl


Thanks for taking me to Paris with you. After you have rested up from your busy/social week . . . I would love to take you to my favorite coffee place. It is in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, in a beautiful restaurant called, Junfrau, which overlooks part of the Alps.

Our coffee melange, comes in a beautiful cup, with a little square of gingerbread, a little glass bowl of unsweetened whipping cream and a chocolate stick. Also rustic dark brown sugar cubes.

And the view . . . you feel like you are Heidi herself.

Want to go with me?

Thanks, Suzanne, for a lovely trip to Paris and a great cup of coffee.


Low Tide High Style said...

Suzanne I will meet you at Laduree for tea and rose petal macarons!

Kat :)

quintessence said...

Simply adored our coffee in Paris - or should I say café!! I am dying for a trip there - haven't been in years!!

Tiffini said...

Oh Suzanne - this is just beautiful. It was as if I was right there with you. I've never been to Paris but if they live like you say I'm living in the wrong country:)
I love you sand bucket list - writing outside is one of my favorite things besides drinking coffee in the early morning:)
strawberries...yes please. I am a homebody also so it is very draining on me when I have to social...praying this week is much more relaxing. Carve out some you time to do something off of your list

Kathysue said...

I think this is the best cup of coffee i have had in a long time!! I have a friend that is leaving this weekend for Paris!! i am sending her your link. I get to go for the first time next year and I can hardly wait. Sipping coffee on a side walk cafe is one of the things I told my hubby I can not wait to do. This was a dress rehearsal for me. Thankyou sweet Suzanne, xo Kathysue

Blondie's Journal said...

I've never been to Paris, but I think that for a moment today I was transported there thanks to your post! And I love your term: sand bucket list! Isn't that what summer is all about? The busyness of it all is in such contrast to the cold, quiet winter. I am loving it!


Lisa said...

Oh how I would love to share a chocolate croissant and walk with you in Paris! Thank you for the brief respite - I enjoyed it so much!
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead and hope it's not too crazy busy!

Linda said...

OH this is lovely, Suzanne...a perfect day! I want so much to BE in the present! Such an inspiring post, my friend!

Teacup Moments said...

What synchronicity, Suzanne! My latest post is about a parcel from Paris. :) Love your photos, and your little stories and notes about this loveliest of cities. What a delightful virtual coffee break that was.

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

Dear Suzanne,

The little girl in the red shoes was worth it all! How cute :) And your words about sprinting through May and the end of school activities. I almost gave myself whiplash nodding in agreement! I am always in awe of what you write, and how much you write. You hold my attention to the very end. I have always been one for words, but I tend to keep my posts short because I have always been slow to share. Yet I look back at posts that have the most comments and ones that really get a reaction...are the ones where I poured my heart out and left myself vulnerable. Every time I visit I think "I'm going to say more", but I always hide behind my pictures because it's easier to do. I will learn...in time...as I sit and chat with you :)

P.S. I am coming to Minnesota this summer. I have a cousin who is getting married. She and her fiancee graduated from St. John's and St. Ben's :)



Jenny Schouten Short said...

Suzanne, I enjoyed the cuppa! I love your blog today. I am out of sorts since I arrived in Holland due to schedules and I can't get centered yet. I'm glad it isn't just me. Thanks.xxoo Jenny

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ah yes, this is ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA, even if BLOGGER gives us problems! Paris is never out of fashion, late for the party or boring....THANK YOU, mERCI MON AMIE; this is a wonderful tribute!!!!! Anita

Gretchen said...

What a lovely post to eat my yogurt and strawberry's while reading. Not coffee, but healthy. :) Enjoyed this little trip to Paris with you, and hope to someday experience Paris for real.
Enjoy the MN blue skies and sunshine we have today.

koralee said...

Such JOY....doesn't Paris just make you soooo happy?...the food..the fashions...the sights! Sending you some love today my sweet friend. xoxoxoxox

FullBloomCottage said...

Hi Suzanne,
Just found your blog, love it...I hope you will stop by and visit me for a little more Parisian inspiration

Morning T said...

Thank you for another lovely chat.
Au revoir mon amie!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Thank you,Suzanne. I really needed that escape today. It is always such a pleasure to meet you for coffee and conversation. XO

hometown girl said...

i have never been to paris but it sounds incredible. i am a homebody and being away from home for more than a few days makes me anxious, i like the familiar. i've been making my summer list as well, can't believe they'll be done so soon!! enjoyed the visit! xo susan

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

thank you... i had a beautiful time! : )

Joanna said...

I so enjoyed our chat over coffee - I know exactly what you mean about the French knowing how to savour a moment, effortlessly. We went to Paris a couple of years ago, with our teenage children, and we loved how all the chairs outside the restaurants/cafes faced the street - so different to the UK, where they face each other. The French obviously like to watch the world go by. We found a lovely little crepery where the most delicious, fresh crepes were made - we went there a lot!

I hope life calms down a bit for you, I'm a home bird too!


Jane said...

Oh, Suzanne, what a delightful post - thanks for cheering me up with my head cold on the second day of winter! Ah, how I would love to while away some time with you in Paris. What a gorgeous dream! J x

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

This is gorgeous, Suzanne. I love it! It makes me want to set off right this very instant to pop over to France! I've only been to Paris once....but it really stuck in my mind. I must go again one of these days!


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...


Oui, oui! Paris is always a good idea. Fresh back from my voyage I am ready to return. :)

Anonymous said...

LOVELY post, Suzanne! Thank you for the coffee & won-der-filled words. :)

Frizzy said...

This was the second post today I read about Paris. Oh how I miss it so. It was the BEST Birthday present EVER!

Thank you so much for such a glorious virtual morning together in Paris.

Rainy Lake Gal said...

I so enjoy our virtual cofee/tea time. I was in Paris 3 years ago and took a boat ride down the Seine. We observed so many people sitting along the riverbank sharing a bottle of wine or a loaf of fresh bread. People from many different walks of life..but all with the same purpose of capturing a moment with a friend. Thanks for the inspiration Suzanne. I am looking forward to capturing my own special moments this week!

June said...

Thank you for taking me to Paris with you. You described it just as I imagine it. My close friend has been a few times, and tells me there is nothing like it. BUT, I am a homebody too, so I don't think I will ever go in person. It is hard to blast me far from my nest.

I wanted to thank you for the lovely words you left at my place. I agree with your daughter...dandelions are beautiful!
hugs from here...

Lili said...

Now this was some kind of loveliness right here imagining a visit to Paris! You hit on all the things that I would imagine it to be, as I still have not managed to make a trip there yet. I feel the same way about savoring home time after too much social time too. Loved your analogy of capturing moments in a jar like fireflies! Oh you always have the most beautiful words Suzanne! xo ~Lili

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ooh, I loved having coffee with you. Let's hop over to Tuscany for a glass of wine next - wouldn't that be fab?! XO

Solid Frog said...

Love Paris and France! Great inspiration. Happy weekend!

Amy Arnaz said...

Hello Suzanne~
I have never been to Paris, but want to! Never been to Europe at all. THAT is surely on my Bucket List. But closer to home, my Bucket List contains Yellowstone, Victoria, Yosemite, the California Wine Country tour, and many more drives thru the mystical Redwood Forest. More sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. More, more, more of everything mystical, wonderful, enchanting, esoteric and satisfying for my Soul. More Love. More hugs from my husband and only child. More lingering coffee parties. There is so much to be thankful for. Obviously, I loved your post. xoxo Amy

pretty pink tulips said...

I fear the coffee is a little cold....as I have been in the "sprint to the finish" myself. My boys get out on Tuesday - a half day at that, with a new garden club meeting (me), an end of the year party (oldest) and now I have to come up with something for (youngest). I'm not sure if I'm coming/going or in between!!!

I do love how the French seem to live with ease. I will be striving for some of that this summer.

xoxo Elizabeth


OK...I feel refreshed now! A little side trip there and the "to do list" doesn't look so bad....Have fun at all the parties. I don't know about you but the older I have gotten....I notice that I love staying home in my nest :)

Elaine said...

Ooh, Paris and coffee, two of my favorite things. It has been years for me since I've set foot in Paris. Nice to visit through your post!

Anonymous said...

I love this post.

Jeanie said...

It was two years ago this month (next week!) that I left for Paris. First time, not to be the last. I loved every single thing in this post. Thanks for taking me back!

Anonymous said...

Lovely post - it was like being on vacation... I linked it to my French Country style post too!