Family Values

There are four rush hours in little Limoux.  The first is the one where parents and children hustle off to work and school. This is from about 8:00- 9:00 am.  The second is where they rush home for lunch, around 11:30-12:30.  It’s a just as busy on the narrow winding streets.  Cars have mothers or fathers with the children they picked up from school.  On sidewalks and bridges parents and children walk home from work and school.  Teens, in the sullen posture adopted by teens worldwide, slink along , flirting, gossiping, and smoking as they leave school.  Cafes, and  open-air restaurants fill with people.  Shops, banks, and most businesses close for two hours.  By two o’clock all are restored to their places in the educational/commercial foodchain.  Finally, from 5:00 -6:00 pm. the last scramble takes place.   During both of the homeward-bound  treks , some people carry long baguettes,  fresh from one of the prolific boulangeries that dot the town.  Food is important to these people.  So is time.

Yesterday, during the lunch break, I observed a young family sharing lunch in a nearby park.  The 4 year-old boy played contentedly as his parents ate lunch together and talked.  An older couple, shared a baguette, and cheese nearby.   I have to think this is a nice way to spend a couple of hours on a Tuesday.  Later in the afternoon, I saw two families dawdle by the river, apparently after picking up the kids from school.  The couple with two boys talked earnestly while the kids used sticks for mock swords.  On the other side of the river, two little girls threw rocks into the water as their parents shouted and giggled with approval.

I don’t know enough about French politics to know if Family Values has been co-opted by a political party, but these people really seem to get it.

Life in Limoux sounds lovely! I'm so happy for you two and enjoy reading the blog.

 

Julie Gehring

Life in Limoux IS lovely!  We wish we could share it with you.  Any chance you could come stay with us for awhile?  Look for bargains on airfare to Toulouse, France, or Barcelona, Spain

I mean it.  Come on over!

Mac

Mac

Life in Limoux IS lovely!  We wish we could share it with you.  Any chance you could come stay with us for awhile?  Look for bargains on airfare to Toulouse, France, or Barcelona, Spain

I mean it.  Come on over!

Mac

Mac

Family life flourishes in a country where it's illegal to work more than 34 hours a week, where everyone gets five weeks of paid vacation each year, where nobody goes bankrupt because they got sick.  What a surprise!  According to the standard American Conservatard point of view, keeping everyone scared, broke, and working constantly is a much more effective means of ensuring healthy families.

Do you two have a video camera?  Would love to see some vids!

I like your feedback, but I also think it needs to come from you, not from the site administrator, whose role is more...administrative than participatory.  Does that make sense?  I mean, it's like geeting reviewed by one's mother. 

So, I suggest if you want to comment, create an account other than that of Admin.

But DO keep the commentary rolling!

Pops

Mac


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