My parents were both country people, and they taught me everything I needed to know about animals.
There are two kinds of animals: livestock and protectors. Livestock willingly give their bodies, or the products of their bodies, for our food. Protectors keep away snakes, rodents, tarantulas, coyotes, and burglars. Protectors may also herd cows.
Getting a French long-stay visa was challenging. We had to do a boatload of paperwork back in California, involving bank statements, health insurance, proof of income, taxes, passports, marriage certificates, birth certificates, tiny photos, airline tickets, and letters stating why we wanted to move to France and promising not to work there. It was grueling, but if you’re a grownup who can handle taxes and health insurance, you can do it.
Vacationing in Paris is like going to a concert by your favorite musician. Someone who’s a legend. Someone who’s still terrific, even though they’re older than Moses. Someone like Paul McCartney. During the concert, you just soak it up, forgetting everything else. You lose yourself in the moment. Then the concert is over, and you go back to the real world. Just like a vacation, where you abdicate your responsibilities and just enjoy yourself.