8/29/16, Sweet Visit

Hi Everyone,

I hope these last days of summer are nice for you, and that you’re still enjoying it.
Summer is definitely over for me, I’m back to work, working hard. I don’t know where the summer went, it went so fast, and now a few days this week and then Labor Day, and then it’s officially over. Boo Hoo!!! Just about everywhere, kids are going back to school this week, so that’s it. We’ll have to wait til next year for hot weather and summer vacations. It seems a long time away.

I had a really sweet week until I went back to work (although that’s sweet too!!). The 12 year old daughter of a very close friend in Paris came to visit me, and it was a real treat. She is the sweetest kid, and it was so much fun. With grown up children I forget just how easy and nice that age can be, everything is straightforward and simple, you know where you stand, communication is easy, in most cases, problems are small. Kids that age are happy to be with you, don’t have conflicting plans, and two hours in a swimming pool is super fun!! They are thrilled with everything at that age. And she is an exceptionally nice, well behaved child. I had a wonderful time with her, a little shopping, 2 movies, some swimming, bowling, buying new books, we visited the sea lions (too smelly), a manicure (bright orange!!) pasta dinners, pizza, we were supposed to go to a museum, but never did. Her big thrill was buying candy. And as I solemnly promised her parents, we did 2 hours of her remaining summer homework every day, and finished it!! And it’s a really brave thing to do, for a kid that age to visit a grown up, she must have been worried that she’d be bored, but it was an adventure for both of us, and a real gift to me!!! On the day she left, we both woke up sad that she was leaving, suddenly the easy fun was over, and it went too quickly. I took her to the plane, and waited until it took off, and before it did, she was sending me frantic text messages about how much she already missed me (I did too), and texts with hearts on them. I was really sad to see her leave (and started a new book that night). It was such a simple pleasure, so innocent and pure, and she’s such a sweet kid, it really was a wonderful visit. She starts school on Friday. It was a perfect end to my summer. (The one funny note was that she bought so much candy, for herself, her brother and sister, that I had to lend her an extra suitcase to take it home.)

And by the way, it was my Chihuahua Minnie’s birthday this week. I hope you remembered!!!

I hope the end of your summer is sweet too!!! Have a great last week of summer!!!

all my love, Danielle

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9 Comments so far
  1. Keyla Marques August 30, 2016 7:16 am

    Hey Danielle!
    When i started reading I was like “a 12 year old, come on!” but it seemed that both of you had a wonderful time.
    here in Brazil its almost Spring and I can’t wait to stop using winter clothes.
    You’ve started a new book? hum..I bet it has some great friendship in it since you were you the girl…that looks good to me.

    happy b’day to minnie.
    have a great week.

    take care.
    love always.

  2. Rob Scott August 30, 2016 8:07 am


    Reminds me of my earlier years when we would visit my grandmother who was a CS practitioner. We had fun like you did. There was lots of love too.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Oaxaca, Mexico

  3. Janine Hewitt August 30, 2016 8:29 am

    wow! Being 12 is so precious and what a wonderful amazing time this daughter of your friend must have spent with you! What a blessing for her and you too!

  4. Genevieve Giovannetti August 30, 2016 1:15 pm

    Coucou Danielle !
    J’ai tellement de plaisir à lire ma page d’anglais toutes les semaines grâce à vous ! Je vous en remercie !
    Bonne semaine à vous et bien sûr à tous ceux qui vous sont proches et bien sûr à Minnie !
    Avec toute mon affection
    Genevieve from Corsica.

  5. Elaine August 30, 2016 4:45 pm

    Hi Danielle,

    I just got Rushing Waters and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I want to thank you again for publishing six times this year. Two of my kids were away at school, and I’ve been kind of lonely. It was lovely to have many of your books to look forward to throughout the year. Your characters are always an inspiration to me.

    I’m happy you had such a wonderful visit with the daughter of your friend, and I wish you and Minnie happy belated Birthdays!

    Regards, Elaine

  6. PJ September 2, 2016 8:07 am

    She’ll remember that visit with you all her life! How wonderful for both of you.

  7. Madeline-Anne Crowe September 3, 2016 8:28 am

    Dearest Danielle, I have spent this summer reading your books, 12, with 8 more to go on my list of favorites. My wish is that you could make a movie for “Jewels” and “A Good Woman.” Such good stories. What a gift God has given you for writing. Thank you and may He continue to “bless you” always.

  8. PANASHE CHIKUMBA September 7, 2016 6:22 am

    hi your books are awesome I have read countless reads .but I was wondering if you could send me the novel PALOMINO IN MY EMAIL IWOULD DEFINATELY LOVE IT


  9. Lee September 14, 2016 1:58 pm

    Just got your new book Rushing Waters yesterday and already halfway through. Love it! Just curious…who is Toto?