I'm not really sure what to write at the top of this email. At the beginning of the month, one of my cousins died unexpectedly in a hiking accident. Needless to say, this month was hard for me and my family. I have spent a lot of time taking walks and talking with friends and family, trying to accept that this has happened and trying to be there for my family, both in person at the funeral in Texas and from 7 time zones away now that I'm back in Paris.
Cherry blossoms at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris
Life is short and uncertain. I am trying to enjoy the beautiful things, tend to relationships with friends and family, and do meaningful work. I was especially grateful this month for the friends who welcomed us at the last minute in Texas and the friends who came and visited us in Paris.
In my earlier post about Sophie Germain, I said Rue Sophie Germain was the only street in Paris named after a woman mathematician. I stumbled on a counterexample just a few days after writing that post, and I got to learn about the first woman to be a full math professor in France, Marie-Louise Dubreil-Jacotin.