Un peu de tendresse…

I recently found a word that I find more beautiful in French than in English…

Usually, most of my adjectives tend to come to me in English. It is a fact that the English language is richer in that regard and sometimes, I wonder if the large amount of adjectives than can be found in English is the reason why it seems that there are so many more nuances of feelings and emotions in the States than in France… It seems that there are many concepts that simply do not exist in France, possibly because it is so hard and challenging to find a true translation, possibly because they simply do not exist in French…

Empowerment, fulfillment, self-awareness, assertiveness… These are words that are quite difficult, if not nearly impossible, to translate in French while retaining all the proper connotations and innuendoes.

But the word that has been on my mind lately is “tendresse.” I just like the sound of it, the way you can pronounce it without barely moving your lips or your tongue… And mostly, I like everything it means:

“Tender feeling of friendship, affection, or love that is manifested by sweet words and gestures and delicate attentions.” Le Larousse

And lately, I find that I have a strong yearning for some “tendresse,” for hugs and cuddly moments, for soft kisses like the ones I steal from my nephews or from Sasha while they unsuccessfully try to pretend that they are getting too old for all that loving, for just some innocent snuggling like the ones I used to be able to get from my students when I was a preschool teacher and simply had to knee down and open my arms wide for someone to happily jump in…

Thankfully, there are a few people around that know about my needs for American hugs and who don’t mind me just putting my arms around them… My parents definitely had to learn that kissing on the cheeks sometimes simply was not enough… And a close friend of mine was actually recently joking that I should consider walking around with a sign that would say “free hugs”…

And check this out… Look at what I have found… http://www.cuddleparty.com. Now isn’t that tempting…

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