You are drinking your coffee alone at a sidewalk cafe. You are watching people around you, families, children playing, a young woman engrossed in a book, a lost tourist trying to find his way, a man in a hurry, running to catch his bus, the leaves of the cherry tree above your head. You have no real reason to be there: you’re not meeting anyone, and no one is waiting for you elsewhere. You will stay as long as you like, and leave only when you’re ready. You alone are responsible for what happens to you.
Caroline de Maigret, “How to be Parisian Wherever You Are”.