Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Monday 31 January 2011

Strike of the symbols

The morning after, the Prof and I woke up at the Mare e Monti Hotel without ever having the big, important conversation I'd planned.

Here's how I'd thought it would go: I'd say that I would only get PACSed with him if the gesture was going to mean more than paperwork. And then we'd discuss whether or not we wanted to become more serious -- in a symbolic sense, not in an administrative way. If he was okay with not PACSing, but staying together, I'd be cool. And if he was okay with PACSing in a symbolic way, I'd think about it.

But what happened is this: We got back to the hotel with the code we'd been given to get in the side door (the hotel staff knew where we were going and knew that we'd be out late), and I made a serious mistake. While fumbling with the buttons for the code, the Prof and I had both leaned in to make sure that I was entering the numbers correctly (remember, this was after a night of songs and activities surrounding Le Vin de Corse). When I finally got the code, I'd turned around excitedly, not having realized that the Prof was right behind me looking on. With a quick spin and my arms reaching out in triumph, I accidentally punched him in the face.

So, rather than having a lovely little heart-to-heart, we had a napkin-to-upper-lip conversation in the dark of the breakfast room.

The Prof asked me what I'd wanted to say to him.

And all I could say was: "I'm sooo, sooo sorry!"

The morning after next, I guess...

Present day:

Skiing was great last week. We had beautiful weather and got to stand at the top of one of the mountains with one ski in Italy and the other in France. I think I finally switched from being a snowboarder to being a skier. The two seem to work together in the same way as French and English. The more you practice one, the more you forget the other.


  1. Hi Kerry,
    I first read your story in the Toronto Star in 2009 and posted my own take on the subject in a post on my blog. Fast forward to 2011 and I was reviewing past faves, Taking a Chance for Love, coming to mind; which was my original post title. Doing a little research I was happy to see that you've written a book and now have your own blog - I always wondered what happened next for you? And now I know so I've reposted my original blog post with an updated link to your blog. Best of luck!

    Cheers, Trish

    Direct link to Blog by Trish

  2. Trish: I'm just reading the story you posted about your own romance. True??

  3. True and still makes me chuckle but, you were much braver than I - good for you!!

    Cheers, t