Can we go back in time?

I decided to go to Paris last weekend. My mind said, you don’t have time. My heart said, I’m so close. I took a moment to pause and decided to “nip over” (as the British would say) to Paris for the weekend after the conference in London was complete. It’s been so long since I was there and a last minute schedule change made it possible for me listen inside and realize that my heart was yelling at me to spend the weekend in Europe to catch up on memories and friends instead of rushing back home.

I used to spend a lot of time in France when I was younger. My family had a place in the mountains and we often went skiing (even in the summer) as a way to spend quality time together. Once I moved to the US my parents sold the apartment since it was no longer easy to just jump in a car and go skiing together.

After my parents passed away I would go to Paris every year on my way home to Denmark for my grandmothers’ birthdays; and once they both passed away, Paris was no longer a yearly voyage. And I have missed it.

What we miss is still with us. 

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Originally published on November 18, 2023 at

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