In the essay, Harburg asks Duke 'what's the feeling during April in Paris?' Duke says, "I always had the feeling that in Paris in the spring, something wonderful should inevitably happen, but it never did," which helped Harburg with the lyric:
April in Paris
Who can I turn to?
What have you done to my heart?
My husband and I formally began our efforts to conceive a second child when we went to Paris, with our eight year old daughter. I was ovulating, we were in love with life and Paris, and I was certain that the timing would be perfect. Financially, we were finally at a good station in our lives. Shortly after, we took a half year break when I accepted a new position. But alas, three years later, we still have not succeeded in getting pregnant. I hope we do soon. My body aches to have another child.