Chose promise, chose due

imageNow that my trip to Paris with a student group is over, I’m spending the second half of my spring break with my parents in Canada. It’s a promise that I made at Christmas time, when I was last there, but it’s a promise I am happy to keep despite the long drive. In French they say Chose promise, chose due (shows prom-eez, shows dew), which literally means “Thing promised, thing owed.” In English, we might say a promise is a promise.


Image credit Lapsus Septimus

I’ve done the ten hour drive to their home so many times now that it seems rather routine. Every once in a while I have to mess up to add some excitement. Once, I was almost at the border when I realized that I didn’t have my green card, resulting in a long “detour” to go get it. A few months ago, I was several hours en route when I realized that I had forgotten my suitcase and had only the clothes I was wearing. Trust me, I do better when looking after other people’s children than myself!

A Promise is a Promiseimage, Robert Munsch

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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