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  • Writer's pictureCici Joch

Be careful what you wish for or don't...

So interestingly enough, Oliver had mentioned in the past that he would love to live in this house in Normandie and I thought it was the most ridiculous idea ever! First of all, I had no intention of moving back to France. I had been in Florida for 23 years and didn't want to experience winter again in my lifetime! Also, I thought the school system was so rigid and strict filled with very old paradigms that I never wanted my children to experience. All the rules around politeness and proper manners always made me cringe and I didn't want my children to go through it. Well, little did I know that when we decided to stay none of this came into play. This is what influenced my decision: - after not having a solid "home" for months the kids were asking to stay in that house all summer - we could see a lot of positive changes with Sasha's behavior since being in France which we attributed to the love and support she was receiving from the family and extended family- the sailing trip had been especially hard on her - we were not taking big risks- we knew the house and surroundings and financially it was not a risk and rather an opportunity - we knew we could move if it wasn't the right fit - we had been fooled by the incredibly hot summer in Europe and had forgotten what cold feels like - it was a great opportunity for the kids to be really bilingual I will tell you that if I would have sat on my couch in Florida and planned this move, well it would have never happened and I would have never chosen the local school. Little did I know how great it would turn out! Over the summer I had read the surrender experiment by Michael Alan Singer, and that book was the preparation for this move!

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