Things change, lives move on.
40th birthdays approached, new jobs would have to be found, dead ends were looming.
We'd been talking of change for, well, about 2 years and suddenly it seemed like the right time.
We decided to move to Scotland, the country I'd left 12 years previously.
We've been here for about 3 months now. So many things have happened in such a short time. We found somewhere to live, Puce started at the local nursery and also at La Petite Ecole Française Saturday School for bilingual children in Edinburgh. we retrieved all the boxes that had been waved off in Lyon and then moved into storage in Scotland. We marvelled at what we chose to keep and pack in those boxes and sought in vein for the stuff we hadn't kept.
We started a language company, Culturefrog, based on our way of learning language; by just doing it. I started looking for freelance translation work.
It's the next stage in the adventure. I don't know how long we'll be here or what will be the outcome, but it's going to be fun finding out. Monsieur R is finding the boot is on the other foot and also realising where a lot of my ingrained beliefs come from...and so am I. In fact, it's very interesting (re)discovering the country I left so long ago and learning to be a grown-up here, having done all the serious things in my life (having a proper job, having a baby, getting PACS'ed) in France.
There has already been one trip back to France, while I remained in Scotland; if anything it highlighted the one major difference, which was anticipated but is still tricky to get to grips with: the weather. Our wardrobes here have radically changed, Monsieur R has stocked up on polar fleeces and extra jeans. We packed away Puce's shorts and strappy tops and I haven't even seen my sandals since we arrived here in July. I remember discovering a fashion term in France, "mi-saison", for describing the clothes you wear when it's no longer summer but not quite autumn, or chilly spring edging into summer. In Scotland, the principle is layers: wear many and add and subtract according to how wet and cold it is...
It's going to be a learning experience for everyone....