Parisian dinner, for when I get back

Called itas Eric and Audrey had driven me home, passing through Paris’s Place de la Concorde on our way back from my last, summer Jewish soiree, merely a few days before packing Paris away into two suitcases brimming with the memories, the stories, the adventures of my six months abroad. I had assured myself leaving Paris was merely a pause-- a life I could pick back up,  should it be a decision I chose to pursue. 

I’m sitting at the desk of our London hotel room emailing French friends, arranging the evening plans I had, but four months ago, toyed with in hopes of coming back to Paris.

But I never guessed return would happen so soon, however quick of a visit this Monday's trip to Paris will be. I never imagined that Paris—my summer social circle—would welcome me back so warmly for the three days I've booked in a city I never quite left behind.

But first I’m in London, having arrived early Friday morning. It’s my grandfather’s 80th birthday and for the first time since my eight-year-old brother was born, we're here as a whole family. I was nine the last time we were in London-- but then as a family of four to collect our Green Cards, a step closer toward what would eventually lead to an official new nationality. 

That, and a massive case of identity crisis.

The six months I spent tracing the roots of a European background I left at the age of four, piece together this trip back with my parents and brothers. As for Paris, to have created a life for myself--a group of friends, a daily routine-- to have left and now to return: I'm excited to see how it all applies after four months away. 

I probably should get to writing a complete blog post, jot down the thoughts, document the excitement and unearth the tale of the traveling blue shoes-- the legacy of a pair of five-pound Primark fake keds. For the two years they've symbolically followed on my journeys abroad: the ever-reminder of the adventure that forever lies ahead.  

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