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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Decade of Dancing

Ten years ago today, during my graduate school spring break, I wandered through the Musee D'Orsay and saw this painting ("La Danse á la Ville" or "Dance in the City") by Renoir:
Paris - Musée d'Orsay: Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Danse à la ville

Then a couple of hours later, I found myself strolling across this bridge (Pont Neuf, the city's oldest):
La Seine

And before I realized what was happening, this man was kneeling in front of me with a diamond ring sparkling in his hand:

He looked up into my eyes and said, "Je vous demande commencer la danse de nos vies ensemble..." (Translation: "I'm asking you to begin the dance of our lives together...")

I gasped, clutching my heart, and stammered, "Oh my gosh! Are you SERIOUS? Is it REAL?!" (Translation: "Yes, a thousand times, yes!")

He smiled at me and slid the ring on my finger as a misty rain fell over the Seine. We wandered around Paris in a daze for nearly an hour before finding ourselves back on the bridge and then stumbling into Côté Seine for a champagne dinner.

Ten years later, my answer would simply be: Oui, bien sûr. And what a dance it has turned out to be.

Renoir photo: wallygBridge photo: Gregory BastienHusband photo: Evolve Studio.


  1. Love it! Brought back fond memories of our engagement (at the Colonial Williamsburg courthouse, "because it will always be here.") Thank you for sharing.


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