Sunday, February 8, 2015
This week we had the opportunity to visit a less active member of our Branch who in my opinion is the quintessential Frenchman. He is always a pleasure to visit because he is always very welcoming when we come. He loves to talk and he is always giving us advice. Although he is baptised into our church he is very much a product of his Catholic upbringing. He has a reverence for the Pope and for the Saviour as can be seen from the crucifixes and pictures in his apartment. He is very kind and considerate and always has a drink and a snack when we visit. He is also always giving us advice on where to shop, what to do and what food to eat. We appreciate his concern and his advice. He has lent us videos and music and gifted us a CD of accordion music. His father was an accomplished accordionist.
I want to mention few peculiarities that we have noticed in France. After Christmas in Canada we have Boxing Week sales. In France they have about 6 weeks of sales starting in January. This week is the last week of theses sales. Things start off at 20% off and continue until they are 70% off by this week. Not all things go to 70% but lots do. As a result the stores are packed. It is very interesting.
Coming home from church this morning we noticed how quiet it was. Stores are not open on Sunday here. Sunday is a day for families and friends. It is quite nice, actually. Church bells ring like crazy but clearly people do not attend church here like they used to do.
French drivers are quite interesting, as well. They do not drive fast because they are quite strict here about speeding. They are, however, not very patient and use their horns a lot. They are very skilful at parking. Parking is a big problem here. There are more cars than parking spaces. When a parking spot opens up French drivers are quite aggressive and they can parallel park into the smallest of spaces. Sometimes it seems like there is only two inches to spare in the front and the back of a car. As you walk by and notice this phenomenon all you can do is shake your head and wonder how they got in there.
|Our car is this Opel Meriva with suicide doors. It's a great little car.|
On Wednesday of this week we got a call from Metz from two American sisters who are the nieces of a lady from Metz who passed away recently. She was not a member of our church but one of the nieces was. After contacting the missionaries in Metz they contacted us because we are opening up a new apartment for some young missionaries coming to Charleville-Mézières. They had a bunch of furniture to give away. We were able to go to Metz and bring back a car load. We also stored some additional stuff in Metz. We were so fortunate.
|Solar Panels in Belgium|
|Drove through 3 countries today an this sign showing the German influence|
|Elder Libby and Elder Quist lending a helping hand|
Lynn has devised a system whereby we can formalise our contact with our family. She has prepared a sheet with everyone's name on it - children, grandchildren, parents. She has a little post it beside each name and when we contact them we move it to the other side of the paper. The goal is to contact everyone twice each month by phone, e-mail, skype or Facebook. I think it's a great idea and a great way of including our family in our mission. We have made motto - "No one left behind. We are all in this together."
|Amy sent us this video of Great Grandpa standing on 2 dozen raw eggs. This is so like him. Even went the extra mile and got perfect shoes for the activity. Funny.|
|Just a great view from our bedroom window with a pink sky - a rarity here in the winter.|
So, it's aurevoir de la France.
Lyndi-lou and Eddie, too.