Back in June 2009 our entire family was able to make our first trip to France! The little hamlet we stayed in is Vendras. At the time there were 61 residents of Vendras and now there are 100. We became friends with our neighbors, Michel and Lucette, and we have kept in touch with them the past 6 years. We all wanted to visit Vendras and see if we could see Michel and Lucette. Sunday afternoon we all loaded up and headed north about 18 km to Vendras. We arrived in the cute hamlet and noticed Lucette looking out her window. We had a lovely visit and they were so grateful we stopped by to see them. We reminisced about the first time Austin really discovered escargot along side Lucette. Austin was collecting the snails and Lucette gently reminded him they were for eating not playing.
Lucette was excited to meet Sophie! She was surprised at how much the children have grown. It was so delightful being with them!
Aaron, Austin and I had been inside their home a number of years ago and got to see the wild boar head mounted on the wall. The other kids got to see it and Michel told us he and his hunting group had caught 100 wild boar this past hunting season! They wanted to give us a little of the meat to take home but we were not going directly home and it was a hot day.
Michel was a miner by profession. He began mining at an early age. We learned this time that his grandfather had been a miner and they actually have his lamp he used in the mines back in the day. It was so cool!
The two summers we stayed in Vendras there was an older man who would sit on a bench at the entrance to the village. He had white hair and a long beard. He was deaf and would rarely wave to locals. He would sit on that bench for hours! We never found out his name but as the years have passed we have found ourselves wondering about the old man who would sit on the bench. Well, as we were getting ready to enter Vendras on Sunday I jokingly presented the question, “Do you think the old man is still sitting on the bench?” Oh my goodness! He was there!!!! But his long beard was shaved. Our jaws all dropped! We found out he has to have someone come into his home 2-3 times per week to help him stay clean. We were shocked he is still alive and still spends his days on that bench!