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Sing La Vie En Rose

Lynnea Godfriaux
Special to the Sky-Hi News

Shock again. Last week’s horrific attack cast a pall over what should have been a celebration of Independence Day for France, and a time of healing. Instead, France has suffered yet another terrorist attack, the third in a year and a half. We arrived at Stillwater last night to celebrate and perform for Bastille Day, and found owner Jean-Claude pacing in front of the building looking pale and shaken. He told us what had happened in Nice, his and his family’s hometown. We had been preparing for the Bastille Day party that afternoon and had not heard the news. The evening began with JC telling us his family was safe. We hugged him and stayed outside a while, reeling from the news.

Our hearts go out again to the people of France. Our sympathies to our longtime friend, Jean-Claude, his family, and to all those affected by this horrendous attack. Brad and I also extend our sympathies to our French relatives living in France, some of whom we had discovered only a few years back.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those who perished, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded,” President Obama said last week.

“We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.”

Toward the end of the night, after expressing his heartfelt sympathies, horror, relief that his family was safe, and resolve to never let the terrorists win, Jean-Claude asked us to sing a song about love.

“Please sing La Vie En Rose now.” Along with JC and his many French friends, we all gathered around and sang together. “Il me dit des mots d’amour, des mots de tous les jours … La Vie En Rose.”


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