Paris Mon Amour

Paris Mon Amour

by Cynthia Inniss

ISBN: 9781329609631


Published in Biographies & Memoirs/Memoirs, Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction

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Book Description

For almost half a century the author dreamed of France, of someday walking the Champs Elysees, and touching the Eiffel Tower. Her book, Paris, Mon Amour, is an account of one perfect week in Paris, where seeing the Mona Lisa in the famed Louvre was possible; and popping into a sidewalk café, a daily occurrence! It was intended to be a light-hearted account of that week; but became so much more as she encountered an atmosphere never before experienced. The Parisian way!

Sample Chapter

“A Dream Collides with Reality”

There are many defining experiences in life that change us forever, as if cells in the body sickle or as if a sickle cell becomes whole again. The magnitude of the experience rocks our world, and forever becomes the staff by which all other experiences are measured.

The Bible says that hope deferred makes the heart sick, right? Here’s an exposition of Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…. That is, at least if it is delayed any length of time, the mind becomes uneasy, the heart sinks and fails, and the man is dispirited and ready to despond and give up all hope of enjoying the desired blessing; whether it be deliverance from any, or the possession of any good”.

Putting your dreams on the back-burner, so to speak, while you contend with life can make the heart sick, if you yield to the disappointment. The secret of survival is to keep stoking the fires of your dream; keeping hope alive!

Stoke the fire, so that in the midst of tears and often perplexing happenstance, the metamorphosis can begin; a metamorphosis from hopelessness to solid belief that God will grant your deepest desire. Eyes wide open; or wide shut? Hopefully, eyes wide open to Grace!

That one factor of the human condition, eyes wide open or wide shut to the miracle working power of God will determine whether life is uplifted, or whether the deferred experience places a shroud of uncertainty over your confidence forever?

The faith to believe that one day, after childbirth, after working to support the family growth and development for so many years; all those things you desired to do so many, many, years ago will someday come to pass; and your heart will still hold the flaming desire to touch that thing when it ar-rives!

Well, I have kept my dream alive and well, and it is now time to board the plane that will spirit me away to the place of destiny here on earth.

My attention has turned to preparations for the trip, and once again there’s pause for contemplation and even dare I say, something akin to fear!

The French, I’ve heard, can give you a magnitude six earthquake experience, that will shake your foundation and test your personal confidence level like none other!

How you dress; how you speak; how you enter a room, things you’ve instinctively pulled off daily for years will be suddenly tested, unless your language skills are beyond par and the French accent comes natural to you.

Reminiscent of a finishing school, people on the internet admonished Americans travelling to Paris on the etiquette of what not to wear; and more specifically what you must wear to impress.

The “not to wears” far outweigh the positives: for example: not to wear certain distinctly American articles of clothing, such as shorts and T-shirts (especially with slogans and little vignettes written on them); not to wear white sneakers or any sneakers for that matter; to always wear a scarf which makes one instantly more sophisticated.

There were further admonishments that Americans often enter a room without speaking a greeting or even catching the eye of the proprietor to acknowledge his or her presence before beginning to shop.

That same American more often than not would leave the store without a simple au revoir!

This proclivity towards entering and leaving a room without a greeting is considered the height of rude and adds to the ill will sometimes displayed towards Americans.

Well, there’s another internet article that lifts the height of perceived snobbery to a new high; indicating that Parisians, once you establish by your shabby French that you have only a rudimentary knowledge of the language, will forever speak to you in English because the sound of you butchering their precious French is too much to bear.

Confusion enters the mind: Do I speak French to show I’m friendly; or do I assume everyone speaks English and risk an affront?

I have noticed down through the years that people from other countries, with native tongues other than English have a tendency to demand more of us than of themselves.

While stationed in Germany, I worked daily with German citizens on the Air Base who routinely butchered the English language, but communicated nonetheless. I did not admonish them!

Later, in Spain, the same thing, they tried hard to learn and speak English as a second language, but for many this seemed impossible; again I displayed the patience of Job.

I’ve noticed that Americans never seem to stop non-English speakers in mid- sentence to correct grammatical mistakes. This is my experience while travelling the world; others might see it quite differently.

Often, when speaking with my husband, I’ve asked that question, If I’m understood, why the need to correct not only my pronunciation, but my enunciation?

Hopefully, the French will be kinder to me on this trip, and allow me to live out my fantasy of speaking the language I love. As for my wardrobe, the indecision that now plagues me concerning what is chic and what will be considered droll; has brought my packing to a dead halt!

All the while, my suitcase for this trip waits patiently for me to put something into it!

This long awaited voyage will be made in the month of August, the summer period in France, where they say the majority of Parisians flee the city and leave it to the tourists.

So, should I risk packing my Capri pants, together with my sleeveless shirts or even my Nike casuals?

The suitcase is giving off a vibe right now, seemingly nudging me towards long pants and big girl blouses with sleeves; and what harm can it do to pack a few scarves to set the world aright?

I decide to go for the latter, but to roll a few ultra -casual things in for at least walking about the hotel.

The sheer magnitude of this fast approaching adventure has taken hold of my 24/7 thinking. Imagine a little girl, from the southern town called Rome, Georgia that did indeed sit romantically upon seven hills like the famed Rome Italy, ending up travelling to Paris.


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Author Profile

Cynthia Inniss

Cynthia Inniss

Cynthia K. Inniss is the author of God Still Loves Aging Beauties, We’re All Trumpets, From Poverty to Power, Escaping Obscurity: Napoleon Encounters Jesus and Paris Mon Amour. She is an eight year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a former civil servant, employed as a logistics manager, by the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C. Cynthia was born in Rome, Georgia, she is a Business Management graduate of Troy University, Troy Alabama, as well as an ordained Evangelist. After more than thirty years of diligent study of the Word of God, she found her voice. When not writing, she is an avid student of the Bible, enjoys travel, cultural pursuits, as well as learning new languages.

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