It’s never too late to (re)learn something new

I love the fall. Yes, I was one of those nerdy types who was happy about returning to school in September. I love learning! That’s probably why I’ve spent so many years pursuing my education. And, to this day, I still look for new things to add to my activities. Right after graduate school, I treated myself to quilting classes. I am a decent quilter and I love to collect fabric.

For the past few years, I have been toying with the idea of learning to speak french again. Despite having started in the 3rd grade and studying french into college, I never became fluent with it. And, since my life has not yet included that trip to Europe, I have forgotten most of what I had learned.

That was until last month. After seeing “Eat,Pray,Love” my daughter and I were dreaming out loud about traveling to France and Italy after she graduates from college next year. Mainly my dreaming, she has already been to Europe twice (the things we do for our kids). Anyway, I decided to start re-learning some french. After buying a cd to play in my car and taking out several library books, I have been practicing abit everyday. Then last month I found a french-speaking group for all levels in town. I attended my first meeting this week and it was a lot of fun. No one made fun of the newbies, and the native speakers were very patient as they helped us participate in conversations. And, I was surprised that I could actually understand them pretty well.

We have all heard how important it is to exercise your brain as well as your body. I’m not one who enjoys crossword puzzles or Sudoku, but
I love studying french again. Next step is to start planning my dream vacation…

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