Last year on my 21st birthday, March 11th, I walked into a huge surprise! I saw smiling faces of friends I don’t often see, cameras flashing and lots of purple balloons.
My longtime friend and author of this scheme, Miss Charlé soon explained that she and my mom had sent letters to family and friends and that these family and friends had sent back beautiful cards, gifts and money-- $4,230—so that I could visit Paris! PARIS! I’ve never traveled outside of the U.S.A., and Paris is a place I’ve always dreamed of visiting. More than a hundred people contributed to this overwhelming gift. I’m so excited about having the opportunity to visit such an amazing part of the world, but more than that I am deeply touched by the love and generosity shown by so many.
The surprise party was more than a year ago, but time has sure flown. My dad is going to Paris with me, and we’re leaving THIS Friday.
I know I haven’t been at all consistent with keeping this blog updated, but it is my intention to post thoughts and pictures from our trip every day that we’re gone, March 24 – April 2.