I couldn’t let an other day go by and not post just one picture of my good friend, Frederique with her fiance, Wade. I have known Fred for a very long time (she loves to remind me the exact number of years, which never fails to freak me out, to her delight). She’s my only friend from France, living here. We met in 10th grade, we were in the same class, in a very unique school, “la Legion d’Honneur”, an all girl boarding school created by non other than Napoleon. The school was to be attended only by the daughters of his decorated soldiers (by our highest medal of honor, “la Legion d’Honneur”). There are 2 campuses, the middle school (6th till 9th grade) is in the middle of Saint Germain’s forrest, and the high school is adjacent to the Saint Denis basilique (where all the kings of France are buried). Both in the Paris suburbs. We wore uniforms, dated from the Napoleon area, and slept in dorms originally used by the monks of the basilica, only there was twice as many of us in the same space (140 girls in one room, 3 dorms in all). The building was, is a magnificent gothic structure built in the 1200s… Our classes, however, were held in the most modern building of Europe! At the time, I may not have appreciated the fine education I received in such a prestigious and traditional school, but now I feel quite proud of those 5 years in boarding school (I’m afraid at some point it may even have felt like detention). It was a boarding school in all the old fashion sense, meaning we only returned to our families for a very short weekend (Saturday 4:30PM after a test, till Monday 8AM). All in close quarters, apart from our parents, we developed tight friendships, it was like having a flock of sisters. Fred and I share many special memories from our special school, and I will always cherish our friendship. Fred moved to Pensacola 11 years ago, and built a very successful business of restoring sand dunes, Dune Doctors. Her hard work and dedication has placed her top in her field all along the Gulf Coast. Still striving for excellence, she has recently enrolled in school to obtain her masters. (To me that will only delay babies!!!) I am extremely thankful to Wade to have stolen her heart, as I can now rest assured she will stay in Pensacola…
After sharing so much, I had to insert here our sophomore year classroom picture:
Yikes! Does it say 1987???
And now just a little teaser of their E session,