Le Mot Juste

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Le Mot Juste
A humorous and original take on expatriate life in France as seen through the eyes of a small-town California girl living, loving and raising a kid in the City of Light.
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  • Grin and bear it 3 months ago I have a complicated relationship with my teeth. It was clear pretty early on that something was up; my 7th grade class photo sets me squarely in the “werewolf” category. Those freakish prominent canines must have given my parents pause, as the following year’s portrait proudly features the...
  • But let us cultivate our garden 5 months ago Today a tree was delivered to my front door. I bought it online for 24 euros and had it shipped to me from across France for an additional 27 euros. You might be thinking, “Wait, you paid more in shipping than you did for the tree? Are you some kind of moron?” To which I would reply, “Perhaps...
  • Visions of sugarplums 8 months ago I’m not really a dessert person. Oh, I love tarte Tatin. And macarons. And the occasional moelleux au chocolat. But I cannot make any of these things. I can make pumpkin pie; everything else turns out either too thin, too flat, too dry, too crumbly, too dark, or some unfortunate combination...
  • A life uncommon: part V 11 months ago I followed my bliss all the way to Paris on September 7, 2001, arriving with an overstuffed suitcase and a heart full of hopes, dreams, unavowed fears, and the inexplicable assurance that I was where I was meant to be. In honor of the 17th anniversary of that leap of faith, I have decided to...
  • A life uncommon: part IV 11 months ago I followed my bliss all the way to Paris on September 7, 2001, arriving with an overstuffed suitcase and a heart full of hopes, dreams, unavowed fears, and the inexplicable assurance that I was where I was meant to be. In honor of the 17th anniversary of that leap of faith, I have decided to...

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