Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A PERFECT DAY in a life….

Our dear friend Marsha Harris of Splenderosa is asking us to pick one of the 
best days of our life, for this month's "By Invitation Only" post.

The timing of this post is so perfect as I am living in a personal turmoil, having made some big (but very positive) changes in my professional life that will impact my work and my family.

For a moment, I will leave all worries and demands aside, take time out and relieve some synopsis of my life…flashbacks…moments of pure joy…moments of pure freedom…A vision of my children on the day of their birth flash immediately in front of my eyes, however I must pick one day, one day so perfect that it  ecapsulates the very best life can bring us.

Instantly a vision comes to me,  the sounds,  the colors, the scents, the humidity, the calm and heaviness of the air, a moment in time as far away from civilization and culture as I have ever experienced.

That glorious day started with my two children, husband Luke and myself waking up in the early hours of the morning to the sounds of chattering Proboscis monkeys, aboard a boat on a Kalimantan black water river, in the heart of the rainforest of Borneo's Tanjung Puting National Park. Writing these sentences,  transports me back ten years and I even now feel the pure moment of joy and elation as if I was experiencing the moment now, surrounded by so much life, serenity, beauty with the man and two boys I so intensely love.

We were alone (save our boat's captain and our guide of course) in a world about to vanish, and the awareness of that moment in time, the fragility of all the beauty surrounding us made this moment even more powerful. I had wanted for my children to understand how precarious all the world's beauty really is. My son Hadrian completed his sciences project, communicating with Seeswee, a beautiful orangutan whose life is in jeopardy due to the loss of habitat.

Living on the deck of our little boat

The amazingly beautiful, fast disappearing rain forest

 After  days and endless patience, Hadrian became close to Seswee, he made her a necklace which she proceeded to place around her neck, after watching him do so.

A bientôt,



  1. You have had so many, many incredible Best days in your life, Francine! I am so very happy that you shared this particular one however. Amazing and we all need to be reminded. For whatever is happening in your professional life, please know that I am sending you good thoughts that the turmoil will be over soon...I know that wonderful things lie ahead.
    Gros Bisous,

  2. How perfectly magical.
    Easy to see why this day stand out in your mind.

  3. OMG!HOW ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL................he will always remember that!!!

  4. Wow, what an exceptional day, Francine. To share it with these beautiful creatures in a magical place that is tragically disappearing. How wonderful... moments to treasure.

    Best wishes to you in the transitions that you are making in your life!

  5. Oh Francine,
    What a wonderful ' best day of your life ' …….. what an experience.
    …. and, my favourite part …… the photograph of Hadrian and Seswee ….. what a beautiful moment.
    Hope things are going well ….. I often think of you. XXXX

  6. A very poignant account of a most beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing Francine!

    The Arts by Karena

  7. Oh, what an amazing experience!! I have goosebumps just looking at the photos of your son and Seswee.

  8. my goodness, francine, what a beautiful and special experience to have lived. i love the photos of hadrian and seswee - such a unique memory for you and your family!

    sharon xx

  9. This moved me so ~ No words ~Thank you Francine. xo

  10. Just awesome photo's the two laying on the ground that is soo sweet.
    I will say yoy have a very interesting life. Enjoy Thanksgiving and your beautifyl family.

  11. Just awesome photo's the two laying on the ground that is soo sweet.
    I will say yoy have a very interesting life. Enjoy Thanksgiving and your beautifyl family.


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