Yesterday the elder Frenchling received her first acceptance letters from two universities in….
Her choice is made. French-speaking
North America is her Third Place.
And this seemed the right moment to relate some family history.
In the late 17th (or early 18th) century, one of our ancestors left
Normandy for La Nouvelle . His descendants settled in the region around Trois Rivières. France
After some years in Québec, part of the family left
Canada for Wisconsin in the . My great-grandmother, Celestine, was born in United States to a French-speaking family. Rice Lake
When Celestine married, she moved West with her husband to farm near the small
village of Naches in the state of . She had one child, a daughter named Rachel, who moved with her husband across the Cascade mountains to the city of Washington where she had a daughter named Mary Lou. Seattle
Then, sometime in the last century, Mary Lou had her own daughter (the author of this blog). This daughter, when she grew up, married a man from
France, moved back across the Atlantic and made her home in . Paris
And now her Frenchling, this child of the 21st century, will cross the ocean and walk in a place where one of her French ancestors once came looking for a new life in a new world.