A Little Light on a Sad Bastille Day

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The tragedy  happened in Nice on Bastille Day, July 14, the date of the storming of the Bastille in 1789.  It  hit hard on the hearts of the world, but especially for those of us with friends and loved ones there.  Dozens of innocent people who were celebrating the day were hit by a truck that was driven by a mentally ill individual.  At this time, the death toll is rising, and has reached 84.
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Bastille Day has always been a fun celebration for me.  I remember years ago attending one of the best parties ever at my friend, Darla Bennett’s house in Tulsa.  She was dating a French man named Michele, at the time, who lead us through French songs and dances and general revelry.  Since that time, I have always found a way to celebrate, whether by cooking a French meal, having a party, or by attending some kind of French play or musical event.
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This year, I was so shocked by what had happened in Nice that I felt it was disrespectful to attend some big celebratory event, so I stayed home while my daughter, Sarah, took our Ingrid to St. Honeré just down the street from us, for a French treat right after they left our home.
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When they got there, two French musicians were out on the patio playing traditional French music.  They were sad, because they had just heard the news, but our Ingrid cheered them up.
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Here is what Eric John Kaiser, the guitarist,  wrote on his Facebook wall:
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Eric John Kaiser

Like every year, last night I played a gig at St. Honoré Bakery SE Division with Todd Bayles on accordion to celebrate ‪#‎Bastilleday‬. This little girl, who’s name is Ingrid asked me if she could dance while we were playing. She spoke a little French. I said of course. I didn’t expect that! We had just heard about the sad news in Nice. She made my day. Beautiful. There is always hope. Merci Ingrid / Comme chaque année pour le 14 Juillet je joues à la boulangerie Saint Honoré à Portland, avec mon accordéoniste. Hier une petite fille s’appellant Ingrid est venu me demander si elle pouvait danser. J’ai dit bien sûr mais je ne m’attendais pas à ça ! On vennait d’apprendre ce qui c’était passé à ‪#‎Nice‬. Elle, elle était loin de tout ça…Sa grâce nous a rempli de joie. On en avait besoin. La vie continue toujours, malgrè tout… il y a toujours de l’espoir. Merci Ingrid

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Eric John Kaiser is a Paris native French singer songwriter now based in Portland, Oregon.

Here are a couple of his videos:

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This little child is such a kind and loving soul.  She is continually singing, dancing, trying her best to make everyone around her happy.  It pleases me immensely that she was able to bring some joy to the hearts of a couple of French guys who had just heard the sad news. Click the link to watch her dance.

Like every year, last night I played a gig at @sthonorebakery to celebrate #Bastilleday. This little girl, who's name is Ingrid asked me if she could dance while we were playing. She spoke a little French. I said of course. I didn't expect that! We had just heard about the sad news in Nice. She made my day. Beautiful. There is always hope. Merci Ingrid / Comme chaque année pour le 14 Juillet je joues à la boulangerie @sthonorebakery à Portland, avec mon accordéoniste. Hier une petite fille s'appellant Ingrid est venu me demander si elle pouvait danser. J'ai dit bien sûr mais je ne m'attendais pas à ça ! On vennait d'apprendre ce qui c'était passé à #Nice. Elle, elle était loin de tout ça…Sa grâce nous a rempli de joie. On en avait besoin. La vie continue toujours, malgrè tout… il y a toujours de l'espoir. Merci Ingrid #frenchtroubadour #accordion #Frenchmusic #angel #lightstrongerthandarkness

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