Friday, September 3rd

Now that the boat’s here, Craig is finding lots of projects to keep him busy.  My job?  Find information on the Internet as he needs it.  Anyone know anything about a Nanni diesel 3.100HE?

On our way to my therapy appointment with Angelique this afternoon, we realized that one of our favorite sights is missing.  We haven’t seen groups of young boys (garçons) fishing along the canal for a few days now.  It was always such a bucolic sight….groups of 3 or 4 boys (never less, never more) with fishing poles over their shoulders…. on their way to the canal, fishing along its banks or heading home….maybe with a prize catch.  What could have happened to take this joy of ours and theirs away?  Hmmmm…..summer’s over…..maybe it’s time for school?

I asked Angelique when school begins and, yes indeed, it started two days ago.  That explains where our fishermen have gone.    

Angelique’s oldest daughter started school yesterday.  Her school day begins at 9:00 and ends at 5:00 (although it’s broken up by the traditional two hour lunch that’s every French person’s right).  Nonetheless, it’s a very long day…..especially for a 3 ½ year old! 

She’ll spend three years in École Maternelle (Kindergarten), five years in École élémentaire (1st-5th grade), four years in Collège (5th-9th grade) and three years in Lycées (10th-12th grade) before going on to a Université or a Grandes écoles.  Unless Angelique and her husband decide to send her to private schools, there will be no cost for her education….all the way from Maternelle through Université.  The largest share of the French budget goes to education…..sounds like they’ve got their priorities right… intelligent country is a strong country.

Pour l’avenir… the future.


About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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