…tu m’aimes encore…
I hope you out there still enjoy your time at this blog, for despite my inconsistent posts and lack of focus, I still love Where is Ashley? and all of you for your support (however tiny in number you are!).
The title of this post is also the name of a song that I love love LOVE because – Carla Bruni and her beloved Sarkozy aside – it brings me back to the distinct (though seemingly insignificant) moment when I heard this song for the first time. Within my first week in Switzerland, I found myself in the car of a girl I had just met and, only 10 minutes prior, had helped move into the student residence. But at that moment, we were on a mission. Three girls and one boy from different sides of the globe all stuffed in a car driving through darkness with no directions. The goal and eventual destination: IKEA, in a nearby town. When this song came up on the driver’s iPod nano, everyone except me seemed to know the words. The driver crooned in bliss, the girl beside me sang along between smiles and giggles, and the boy seemed to know how to laugh and sing simultaneously. Although I liked the song, I could do nothing more than smile, listen and crack up every so often at the rest of the car’s antics.
More than half a year later, this song still reminds me of that night. In fact, this song will remind me of my life in Switzerland long after I’ve forgotten the details. I love the brain’s ability to connect moments in time with our different senses. Although the ominous ‘they’ say that one’s sense of smell makes the strongest connections to events and even memories (just about everyone can recall a parent, grandparent or other close relative and still remember their scent of perfume, cologne or even shampoo), I feel that songs and other auditory stimuli are much stronger at eliciting a specific memory of an event. What about you? What always brings back memories for you?
In a roundabout way, hearing this song in passing also reminded me about my commitment to this project and my own intellectual development. This has been a busy month at school, and it won’t let up until early or mid-May. Despite a notebook scribbled with ideas and post outlines as well as a line-up of photos ready to upload, I’ve put aside this blog (and other personal projects/hobbies) for several weeks while burying my head in International Studies coursework.
However, the balance in life must return to equilibrium, and regular posts (at least once a week!) shall resume soon. With all the traveling I did over spring break (without even leaving the state!), make sure to keep your eyes peeled for my next installment of “One Reason I Love.” Thanks to you for your patience and support. Quelqu’un doit vous dire que je vous aime encore!