I would not have "lost" my car downtown that day...
I would not have decided that I needed a break-- I was tooooo stressed out! -- so F it all; I took the remainder of the day "off" from visa-seeking madness and instead, sought a film to relax my mind...
I would not have ended up at the Austin Film Society Theatre to see Agnes Varda's "Faces Places" (aka "Visage Villages" and her French name is pronounced ahn-yay' vahd'-dah)...
I would not have been inspired by the panoramic images of small town France...
I would not have been reminded of my desire to stroll the halls of Musee de Louvre, though at a much slower place than Mme Varda and JR, as they flew along the Grande Galerie...
I would not have thought to give a Paris layover one last look in my airfare search, before I settled on Seoul...
I would not have come home and searched for airfares...
I would not be flying to Paris in 12 days!!!
In a grande finale, I am so grateful I was stressed and recognized it and decided to take a break!
I am so grateful for my Goddess Serendip to guide me to a French auteur's semi-autobiographical documentary, (or as Koganada would define it: a video essay); nee' a cinécriture (writing on film) -- a descriptive the filmmaker herself used.
I am so grateful I am flying to Paris for a mini-break and rest before I venture on to another Great Adventure in China!
I am so grateful I will get to cry tears of gratitude and appreciation and wonder at the visions on canvas in Le Louvre!
I am so grateful I get to pay homage to my favorite author, Victor Hugo, at his grave in Paris, in Le Pantheon.
I am so grateful I have my air tickets and that part is over!
I am so grateful I get to fly first class to Paris!
I am so grateful I have 12 days to pack and ship and sell and donate!
I am so grateful I am finally leaving Austin!
I am so grateful that several of my dreams/goals/visualizations are fulminating all at once, loudly, born from one important decision!
I am so grateful that I get to live in China!
I am so grateful I have been hired by an International Baccalaureate World school!
I am so grateful I to learn another language: Mandarin! (!!!!!!)
I am so grateful to feel so grateful!
I am so grateful for the massive financial prosperity (finally) coming my way!
I am so grateful that the toil and tears of the last 4 years have paid off!
I am so grateful to be provided a HUGE flat--for me me me me ONLY!!!
I am so grateful to get to live alone again!
I am so grateful I will be able to have a dog again!
I am so grateful I have already "met" a group of expats in Chengdu, become acquainted with my future teachers, and already made friends with my future coworkers!
I am so grateful I get the opportunity to live in one of the four greatest ancient civilization; a culture spanning more than four millennia! (!!!)
I am just so dang grateful!!!! OMG!!
Je vais a Paris! (I'm going to Paris!)
나는 파리에 갈거야!! (I'm going to Paris!)
我要去法国! (I'm going to France!)
나는 만다린 어를 배운다! ( I will study Mandarin!)
Viva Le France!!! (Hurrah for France!)
나는 중국을 사랑해! (I Love China!)