Dix, neuf, huit, sept, six… How many times have counted down to an event that you were looking forward to? It’s a childhood habit and pleasure that never grows old. An Advent calendar, especially one with chocolates was always a fun way to keep track of the days before Christmas. As a teacher, I count down right along with my students to the magical June day that adds up to freedom for all of us. The French expression for a countdown is un compte à rebours (uhn kohmt ah ruhboor). The countdown for my next trip to France now stands at just five days. I can’t wait! Cinq, quatre, trois, deux, un !