Hello, Paris.

Do you remember Superman 2 or 3? Do you remember that scene where Superman has to save the world from terrorists from setting a bomb inside the Eiffel Tower? As a kid, that was a magical thing to see Superman save the Eiffel Tower and the world. But, that Eiffel Tower was something else. I remember Rush Hour 3 when Christ Tucker and Jackie Chan were fighting the bad guys on the lower level of the tower. You see it on the movie screen, in magazines, in print ads, and on t-shirts, but to see it in person with your own eyes is something so unreal.

After almost 50 years on this earth, I finally made it to Paris, France. I had no idea what to expect. You watch movies and see Paris on the screen but you just have no idea what it will be like. I had no idea that it would be busy like NYC and at the same time remind me of New Orleans. These are two of my favorite places on earth.

The city of Paris is magical. Every turn of a corner you see history and beauty. You see the old with the new and the people who sit for hours sipping on a coffee and enjoying the moment. I see why people love Paris so much. My wife’s cousin Faye always talked about it. She would travel each year to Paris and stay for a month or more. When she spoke of it you could see the spark in her eyes. I made a slideshow for her funeral and the theme was Paris. I finally got to see what she loved so much.

I never imagined being in Paris. I am here. My mom would be so excited to know that I was here. That my wife and daughter are with me to see it. I wish I could FaceTime her and show her what I see with my eyes. I wish I could see her reaction to my joy. This is all she ever wanted for me. She wanted me to see the world and have no fear.

Thanks, mom.

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