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October 30, 2008



Hi Richard, I wanted to leave this comment for Polly on her blog, but I was unable to without a Blogger account, so I’m posting it here and maybe she'll be able to read it.

Polly, let me tell you a true story that won’t change your situation, but it might give you a glimmer of hope. It was told to me by the person who it happened to.

There was an American woman who loved Paris and she was heartbroken that she had to leave. Her dream when she arrived in Paris was to stay forever, but her financial situation was slowly but surely dissolving that dream until the day when she realized that she could no longer stay. On the eve of her departure she was in mourning. (Okay, so I may sound a bit dramatic to many of you, but not to the people who have gone through a similar situation!)

A friend of hers told her, “Come with me this evening to a party I’ve been invited to. You’re not going to spend your last night in Paris sitting here crying!” With a little persuasion the woman decided to go with her friend.

At the party she met a Frenchman who fell in love with her at first sight! He asked her to have dinner with him the following evening. She told him, “I can’t, I’m returning to the States tomorrow.” After talking to him all evening, she confided in him and he asked her not to go. By the time she had to catch her plane, he had convinced her to stay as only a charming Frenchman can do! (Well there are other charming European men who are just as convincing, but for my story here, I’m sticking to the charming Frenchman!)

So, although this happened years ago, the American woman decided to stay. Sorry, but for privacy reasons, I can’t go into more detail, but I will say this, she still has a beautiful apartment in the 5e!

The moral of my story: Don’t give up hope, Polly, something could happen….even at the very last moment!

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