Friday night, Chris received an email from the French embassy stating that he has received the Château Briand fellowship. I called him on my way home from the office, and he said "You need to stop and pick something up on the way home." I thought he meant dinner, but then he said "Stop by a bookstore and pick up a French language book. We are going to France!"
I couldn't believe it! We were waiting to hear about the Fulbright in April, and hadn't even thought about the possibility of Chris receiving this prestigious award. He was told by his mentor that it was a long shot...so we put it in the back of our minds. Now he finds out that he was 1 in 15 people to receive this grant!
We are waiting for the information packet to let us know more about the details. So far, we are pretty sure that it will require Chris to live in France for 9 months, beginning this Fall. Of course, I'm going with him! We would most likely be living in Marseille, France. He would have that time to work on his dissertation using the archives there.
We are both excited and nervous about this adventure. I'm sure it will be an amazing experience, but there are a lot of things to take care of before we go. It's also weird to think that I will be giving up my career here in NYC. Maybe I will write a book while in France, or study aromatherapy. Or maybe just get pregnant and relax on the beach (just kidding Mom). :)
The next step is to wait for the info packet and go from there.