Eat, Pray, Love

I love Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s about a woman who, after a painful divorce, leaves New York for a three month journey across Italy, India and Indonesia. I read the book shortly before I left for Paris. It reminded me of myself and my upcoming journey.

The concept of Eat, Pray, Love recently took on another meaning for me when was introduced to a fellow American man who’s working here in Paris. He immediately impressed me with his near perfect French. Over dinner a few days later, I asked him how he was able to perfect his French without having an American accent. He told me that he had lived in Paris before, then, after a quiet moment, he confessed that while living in Paris the first time, he was a Catholic Priest!

Okay, this stopped me dead in my tracks. Was I on a date with a Priest? He explained that he quit the priesthood because it was too demanding. He said that he couldn’t “Work and Pray at the Same Time.” He also had another problem. He found himself constantly thinking about women…so much so he started sneaking out the monastery for secret rendezvous. Eeks!

Needless to say we haven’t had a second date…I got the feeling that he has some major baggage to work out. As weird as it was, the date was a reminder that we are all on different journeys; some just take us around the world and back.

-French Kissed

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