As we were walking back to her office on a beautiful Paris afternoon, with a nice cool breeze in the air, I was telling Adrian that I have pretty much given up on having childen of my own, (I've almost given up on meeting a great man too, because of Pierre, but that's another blog...another day...) and besides that, I told her, that I thought babies were way too much work, time consuming, and high maintenance becuase not only are there the smelly diapers - you also have to give them a BATH!
A Random "High Maintenance" French Baby...A Bundle of Love
She laughed and her face lit up as she said, "Florence, once you have your own child, it's like a kind a love you can't explain, there's nothing like it, " she said, "and everything you do for them, you do in love. That's just the way it is when you have child."
I could tell the words she spoke were coming from her heart, and I could see it all over her face. It reminded me of how my own mother tries to explain a mother's love to me...I get it now! Well, honestly, I can really only say, I kinda get it now, becuase I'm not a mother, but listening to Adrian today...I really kinda get it even more. Maybe those little buggers aren't so bad after all?!
Later this afternoon she was on a teleconference discussing a business deal. She was explaining how to work certain details. Listening in to the conversation, my suggestion was...a "nice" idea to make everyone "happy"....and so I suggested that to her. Yes, I'll admit, I thought a candy coating was a nice idea...That's when she "nicely" yelled: "Florence, this is BUSINESS NOT BULLSHIT!" Then she explained, in business you have to work with the FACTS! even if they are not always "nice". I understood.
In life, I would like to "be nice" to everyone, no matter what's in my best interest (or theirs) , but the light bulb is on now, and I see that not only in business, Life as well is not all always about "being nice." I get it!