I overheard my little brother say he wanted to see the Jardin du Luxembourg, so I take the opportunity and suggest a family photoshoot the next day! Everyone is up for it, even Nan. I realise that family is what you make of it! I wanted to have a beautiful memory with my family, and so I got it! But I had to take responsibility and create my own experience! Otherwise someone else would… Nan for example…or the kids…
A walk in the park you say? What a perfectly normal way to spend the day with my family! We were just like any other French family in the park that day: absolutely imperfect and absolutely normal! Astonished by my own creation, and freezing to death in the Jardin du Luxembourg, I decide to close the day and invite everyone for a cup of tea at the local bistro. Kids are tired and cranky, grandma says I should stop now with the photos… Camera goes back in the bag, but I don’t care, I got what I wanted!
Next day I’m back in London, where another side of the family awaits! I told you it’s never ending! Mom is coming from the US with my step-dad, I pick up my childhood friend from the Eurostar, and we manage an impromptu breakfast at Gail’s with the whole of the British side of my family! My Polish flatmate is invited, and my boyfriend meets the whole lot at once! I catch up with aunts and cousin, we walk up to Pimrose Hill and share the last 2018 lunch at Carluccio’s.
I immortalise the moment with some more photos. New Year’s eve is spent in a British Pub, with good food, too many champagne glasses and finishes at 4 am in my living room with a bucket of chips and fried chicken! Happy New Year!
I am grateful for the moments spent with all these people I love, family and friends who have become like family. I have missed some of them, as this was another Christmas where not everyone could be there. I love you all and still think we are not a normal family…I think we are way more interesting than that, and I think that however abnormal we are, we are perfect as a family!