"What we expected from Paris was the summation of everything beautiful and civilized infused with romance. And now here we were in the real Paris, and the real Paris turned out to be even more beautiful than we had thought it would be, more intoxicating, more romantic, and bursting with exciting possibilities that were inconceivable elsewhere."
Curtis, Gregory. Paris Without Her (p. 36). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
I recently finished Gregory Curtis' memoir, Paris Without Her, a story of Curtis' life with and without his beloved wife, during the times they spent together in Paris and later, alone in Paris, after his wife passed away from cancer.
One of the memorable parts of the book is when Curtis remembers the time he first meets the woman who was to become his wife. He feels something powerful in that moment. Curtis later learns that the French call a moment like that a "coup de foudre," a bolt of lightning.
I have felt those moments, and I bet you have, too.
I love having a moment like that captured in a photo.
Here are a couple of "coup de foudre" moments I or someone else captured in a photo over the years.
Happy moment with my granddaughter
My son makes my mom laugh at his graduation party
Playing guitar with my niece and nephew
A long hike with my sister and brother-in-law at Bryce Canyon NP
My grandpap and his gun
We renew our wedding vows with our granddaughter looking on
Our grandson is born
A group of kids use their good behavior tickets to eat lunch with me
My sister and I finally visit the city of our ancestors, Lucca, Italy
My husband and our two sons when the boys were wee things.
We were picnicking at the Eiffel Tower after dark, and I was electrified to see the tower light up.
I had no idea it did that.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! It was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion and is now hosted at Elza Reads.