Tonight I’m having a party at my house where I am giving away French Fries. I’m doing this because 20 years ago I burned down my parents house while making French Fries.




















No I’m not joking. I do celebrate this event. Not that it was a good thing that I burned my parents house down. It was not. I celebrate it, because that event had next to the bad results also good results. And over the years I came to value the good effects over the bad ones.

For me the most important reason why I could see this as a positive event was the way my parents reacted when I first saw them back.

They hugged me, instead of being mad at me.
I hope that if my kids ever screw up in their life, I have the energy to do the same.
The hug told me: I had failed, yet I was not a failure.

The second most important reason: I learned to not worry about what people think of me. My life is about me, not about them.

Update: Here are some more pictures

9 Responses to “20 year ago I burned down my parents house…”

  1. Agile Scout says:

    #epic. Wow this is neato

  2. Kurt says:

    I thought Belgians didn’t use the term “French” fries 🙂

  3. yhanoulle says:

    haha. I have an international audience, and I adopt my language so they understand what I am talking about…

    I do concider myself more a European as a Belgian. (As an example, I’m the one Belgian that does not drink Beer. Yep look no further, I’m the one.)


  4. ToF says:

    Every time I read/hear about that event of your life, it gets me thinking about love.
    Have a deep, wise and happy anniversary.

  5. Siddharta says:

    Yves, this is an amazing story. Thanks for sharing.

  6. yhanoulle says:

    Thank you Siddharta.

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