Monday, February 11, 2013

julia & paul child: a kind of human chemistry

Now comes that season of delight
When Paul and Julia's hearts take wing
So through this migratory flight 
A dual warmth of love we bring

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Julia Child's tv show The French Chef.  The occasion reminded me of one of my favourite discoveries during the Julie and Julia frenzy a few years ago:  Julia Child as romantic leading lady. With her towering build and unmistakable voice, Julia Child might seem an unlikely romantic.  But her marriage to Paul Child was one for the ages.  In My Life in France she wrote:
"Valentine cards had become a tradition of ours, born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards."

Even when it wasn't Valentine's Day you could tell this pair was a great team who truly enjoyed being together.

In her words: We had a happy marriage because we were together all the time. We were friends as well as husband and wife. We just had a good time.

In his: It was a kind of human chemistry. We met and started a new fizzz going off.

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