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Monday, December 08, 2008

sweet morning light

There is nothing I love more than to rise with the sun.

I like to be awake while everyone around me is asleep. This morning I watched the sun rise, then my mother and I walked to the village square. We passed the garbage man on his tractor, practically toothless but always smiling, and exchanged a "Bonjour".

In the town square we pass a young waiter from the local restaurant and bar. His smile lights up when he sees us, our faces familiar from many summers here, and we both triple over our French to explain we are here for Christmas, or as he says, the festivities.

We step into the small patisserie and the door chimes. The same plastic containers from my childhood, filled with candy, line the shelves by the counter. The familiar desserts sit under a glass: tarte aux pommes, tarte au citron, and a hearty walnut tart I once shared with a friend. We buy two pains au raisins, one of my favourite morning pastries, and head to the bar for coffee and tea.

In the bar, the owner barely lifts his head to say hello, serious as always. He asks us, "les filles", what we would like. I may have caught half a smile when he realized he brought me an empty tea cup and no tea.

I dig into my pain au raisin with appetite, tearing the soft pastry lined with raisins, candied by a sprinkle of sugar. And then we write. We write for twenty minutes straight and empty our minds onto the page. It feels good, we have both had trouble writing but when forced the words pour out like wine.

After our morning writing session I walk my favourite country road. Frost crawls up the grass but the horses are out, and the sun is shining strongly enough to warm my path.

morning walk
town shadows


Blogger Hoang Kong said...

can i make a request? pics of food!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Alexandra said...

Hi Gill,

Beautiful post. I'm in the newspaper stream at Ryerson and stumbled upon your blog through a friend. I just wanted to say I think your words are lovely and that I'm totally jealous of your vacation, lol.

9:28 AM  
Blogger MiMi said...


I read these post and gaze at the phots and imagine myself there.. Glad to see you are having a wonderful time in such a beautiful place surrounded by your family.
Keep them coming.. ;)

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gill, I've been reading this blog for so long, and you just keep getting better and better! You are so true and real. It is beautiful.



1:29 PM  
Anonymous kate said...

This makes me so France-sick. I was there over the summer - in Hyeres, do you know it? - and I think I fell in love. Too short of a visit, too many beautiful places to see. Have a wonderful time!

5:53 PM  

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