Monday, September 22, 2008

Mommy Profiling - La Bourgeoise


I read an article about how people who get the cold shoulder perceive the temperature in the room they are in to be chilly (3 degrees less than the actual temperature). Coincidentally, it was très, très cold today when I did the school run with Big Fry. Pourquoi?



La Mom was on the receiving end of a very direct stare down from one of the French moms in front of the school gates. I couldn't understand why. I mean, I was dressed in my designer jeans, Paul & Joe top, Tod's mules, Prada bag, diamonds, and had my hair blown-out. I looked very chic (or so I thought). So what was wrong with me?



It took a few minutes of studying my habitat before it dawned on me that I wasn't one of them.



Who?



Well that brings us to La Mom's fun new game called, "Mommy Profiling."



Today's Maman du Jour:







The Bourgeoise







  • Mom Natural habitat: Paris´ 7th, 8th, 16th & 17th arrondissements, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Western suburbs


  • Hangouts: church, the clothing stores Cyrillus & Acanthe


  • Uniform : This mom likes to camouflage herself in shades of loden and navy blue. Her armor screams, « I´m old money and have a crumbling family château - back off, chèrie. »


  • How to spot her: A true bourgeoise mom can always be spotted by her efficient and very boring bob, requisite velvet headband, either a scratched leather Longchamps handbag circa 1995 or the Longchamps foldup nylon bag, and telltale jewlery: a ruby, emerald, or sapphire engagement ring surrounded by small diamonds (I think the style is referred to as a flower) and of course the gold signet ring (with the family crest)on the right-hand pinky. Oh, and I almost forgot "CPCH" - colllier de perles (pearl necklace) carré Hermès (Hermès scarf).

    She won´t let her kids set foot in the Parc Monceau sandbox because there´s "caca de chat" in there.


  • Raison d´Etre : L´education. Not as in "I´ll die if petit Jean-Baptiste doesn´t get into Harvard"-- more like, "How can I hold my head up in public if Louis-Pierre can´t cut his entrecôte properly by age 2? "


  • Profession: Her life is completely dedicated to raising her 4, 5 , or 6 children. See "Raison d´Etre".


  • Vacations: Family´s country house in Normandy


  • Family name: Most likely has a "de", "de la", or "double de" mixed in. For example, "Bonjour, I'm Victoire de Varenne de Royal."


  • Children´s names: Boys - Jean- xxx (insert: Louis, Pierre, Edouard) Auguste, Girls - Marie-XXX (insert: Marguerite, Claire, Marie, Ange, Louise) Philomène, Apolline, Sixtine, Faustine, Domitille


Coming soon...profiling pictures!
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1 comment:

Alix said...

Hi La mom,
thank you for your note, it's nice to meet you also!
I must confess that the description is very familiar and scarely accurate... The flower ring is also known as 'marguerite' (because of the shape)

Alix

 

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