Today there was sun. It has been a while. Everyone was happy and smiling, and greeting each other warmly. It’s 8:00 and I didn’t have to turn on the very expensive heater once today. In fact, I optimistically had the windows open while cooking dinner.
I walked a country road in nearby Ayherre where the view in each direction was painting-worthy. Here it is beautiful and green, every shade of green, and it changes as you move through the landscape. There was a little inkling of spring on the roadside trees; the leaves are starting to return.
There was also a very exciting lesson at the Croix Rouge today. I learned the valuable use of pronouns, which makes my French sound far less “academic” (ha ha) and more the way normal people speak:
I say it. – Je le dis.
I say it to him. – Je le lui dis.
I said it. – Je l’ai dit.
I said it to him. – Je le lui ai dit.
I don’t say it. – Je ne le dis pas.
I don’t say it to him. – Je ne le lui dis pas.
I didn’t say it. – Je ne l’ai pas dit.
I didn’t say it to him. – Je ne le lui ai rein dit.
It’s like math, and it has a pattern, which we humans seek out and appreciate. I have another French lesson tomorrow, where I’ll review all this, refine and practice. I truly enjoy learning a language. It is the perfect amount of intellectual challenge for me at this moment.