July 12, 2013
Vacate and fill her up please
“Where shall we go next , dear?”
“Honey, I’ll go where you go, but I don’t think we should let the children ride on the dashboard anymore.”
No, this is not a stock photo. Truth can be stranger than fiction sometimes, can’t it? This van (drivers real) was seen in the small town of Saint-Antonine-Noble-Val on the first day of the French General Chateau Dumas Getaway in Auty, France. At least 20 of us piled out of our parked cars and saw this handsome pair across the drive. They appeared to be waiting while their owners (the real drivers?) shopped the Sunday morning market for the week’s food and they were totally unruffled by our unabashed stares.
This morning was the first of many fun mornings on yet another delightful getaway hosted by Kaari Meng and her French General helpers, Molly, Kick and Cathy. The week was full of laughter, creativity, shopping as well as eating and drinking the most amazing local food and wine. Oh, and did I mention the laughing and talking with new friends? It was all just grand!
At one point in the week, I realized my head was vacant — no worries, no deadlines and every need was being lavishly met. I was in a state of total leisure and it dawned on me that this is what the word vacation means. Vacation comes from the root word “vacare” which means to be be empty, free and at leisure. Not only had I vacated my duties at home, but somewhere in France I had also vacated my brain. Oh, such a blissful state.
Yet anything empty is just waiting to be filled up. This is what a really good vacation like the French General Getaway does — once your indulge in the most leisurely activities, it renews, recharges and fills you with so many thoughts, ideas, memories and energy to begin anew. How could being in such a setting with 20 other wonderfully interesting women not fill you up?
My wish for you, my shopowners and friends, is that you, too, may have some kind of “vacant” and fulfilling experience this summer. Wipe the slate clean, find your place of peace and fill your tank to hit the ground running when you arrive home.
And, if you would like to make plans for the 2014 French General Chateau Dumas Getaway in Auty, France the sign-ups for the first week are open! Word is spreading fast about this incredible experience and it is bound to fill up fast! Abientot! — Susan