What's all this business about French Christmas?

  • My name—Noël—has been mispronounced, mislabeled, and mistaken since my parents bestowed it upon me one snowy March afternoon. It wasn't until a friend nicknamed me "French Christmas" that it came into focus. How much would our lives change if we could just see things differently?

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July 10, 2011



I hope you will find that there is too much of you for you to ever be truly consumed by anything bad. What's left at the end of this trial (no matter how long it takes to burn off this pain) is going to be very strong and pure.

Thinking of you often with much love.


@Kim--Thanks so much! You don't know how much your words mean. They help me find the fuel to keep moving towards the finish line ... wherever it may be.


Noel, I find it deeply heartening and encouraging that you are letting yourself go with the change. I think you would really enjoy A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, if you have not already read it. Though Didian's story is one of grief because of death, you will find that she employs similar mechanisms to you: chewing pain one bite off at the time, remembering and reminiscing, allowing herself to cry and to miss. I highly recommend it.

And, like Kim -- with whom I agree entirely on all such matters, as is evidenced by her comments and mine -- I know that you will come out of this side of this brighter, fuller, and whole.


You are incredibly brave.


Thinking of you and your pain knowing that it will take time as you chew each bite. I know the only way is through it to reach a new path on your journey. Lean on all who care about you for you are not alone.


God I wish I could help you carry this burden.


@Roxanne--Thanks for the thoughts and the rec! I am definitely going to check that out.

@Abigail--Not every day. But once in awhile. I'm trying. ;)

@Dragonfly--Great advice!

@Kristina--You do, every day! :)

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