Thank you for your kind words, Shannon Toops.
My mother and I don’t even live on the same continent anymore. Before that, we hadn’t lived in the same country since I was 17 so… I’ve put some distance between us. Even though I’m going back to Europe soon, I still won’t be based in France.
My mental health demands I take care of it, and the country where I was born will always be enemy territory, somehow.
And until I wrote this reply, I hadn’t realized this about my relationship with France either so thank you very much for helping me clarify this. Today is the day for epiphanies it seems, courtesy of the internet. Hurray!