The Blower’s Daughter

A lifetime ago (okay, eight years ago), I was a senior in college, living in France, and finishing up my international business degree. I was blessed to already know a couple of French people at the university I was attending (they had done semesters abroad at my MN college the year before and I had befriended them there), so when I moved to Rennes, they immediately invited me into their fold…including their wine filled BBQs, their late night dance parties at the discothรจques, and their barefoot pickup soccer games on the beach. It was awesome.

Ludo was one of their good friends, and he was the first French man who really liked me. I was 22 years old, and having a French man whisper into your ear, “je voudrais faire l’amour avec toi” was… well, a little slice of surreal heaven, especially to a Moulin Rouge fan like me.

Sadly(?), I really didn’t like him like that, so nothing ever came of that particular profession of desire, but I will never forget that night. Hanging out at his flat, drinking wine, and listening to Damien Rice’s new CD…including “The Blowers Daughter.”

Here we are, eight years later, and I thought of that song title while my daughter was working so hard to blow bubbles that her adorable little face turned red and her shirt became a river of spit.

What a life I have lived.


  1. How funny how things have such a different meaning based on your life phases!That sounds amazing, I wish I had studied abroad!She is adorable, check out all that drool. Avery is teething, so we are swimming in it too!

  2. Haha Such a cutie, Stella girl! Your life in France sounds like something from a movie! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ok, so I took a little French. Does that translate..I'm falling in love with you." ????

  3. A fart (noise) is always funny. Thank god Stella has learned that important life lesson early on!!!

  4. LOVE that song so much. Sounds so romantic!

  5. Love the story! Love the song! Love the video! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hahahah, I love that blowing raspberries seems to come to all babies at around that age. It's like they know their parents can't help but laugh at fart noises. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I would like to make love to you. *swoon*

  8. I love it!!She totally wants to talk your ear off but for now the zerberts will do!She is growing up so fast!!Not to mention how adorable she is!! I love the week by week photos, you can completely see the changes.

  9. Haha she's really workin hard to get those bubbles going!

  10. So cute! I turned on the video and Easton stopped everything to look and listen. Maybe he understands what she was trying to say?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Oh my goodness! She's so adorable! She had Mech and I laughing so hard! Too cute to handle!!!

  12. oh my god, cutest thing ever!!!!

  13. I had Lil K in my lap trying to show her the video but she was just looking everywhere trying to figure out where the sound was coming from and giggling at it!

  14. This post is sweet. A full circle moment for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn't is crazy that she's big enough to be practicing things like blowing bubbles. Crazy! BTW – I LOVE that CD!

  15. That song was My husband and I's last dance at my wedding almost 9 years ago! Crazy! and of course she is such a doll!

  16. I was JUST listening to that cd on my walk the other day! One of my faves! She's trying so hard to blow those bubbles!

  17. That is the cutest video!!! She's getting so big! ๐Ÿ™‚

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