Friday, December 5, 2008

Frenchy Friday


Only in France can you see an ad like this and nobody bats an eye.

I found this poster in the metro advertising the Louvre Museum youth pass. The painting is from the Louvre collection and the ad says, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

American readers: Would this offend you if you saw it in a public place?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Love In A Box

Can you imagine how it must feel not to receive a Christmas present this year? For many children in France and throughout the world this is the sad truth.

For 19 years the LOVE IN A BOX and LOVE IN A BOX PARIS programs have provided holiday gifts to thousands of needy children. This year they will distribute presents to children in Paris, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, and Bulgaria. The charities include:

-Paris Tout-Petits, a charity for underprivileged children in Paris.
-Salvation Army Paris who warms the hearts of about 400 people on Christmas Eve.
-Les Restos du Coeur a Paris soup kitchen.
-Salvation Army Strasbourg and Mulhouse whose 'Action Quartier' programs target children/youth in marginalized areas with academic help, musical fellowship and other activities aimed at social integration
-Centre Flora Tristan a refuge for families from homes plagued by domestic violence.
-Avec Elles in Vincennes, fellowship group for women and children (aged 6 months to 18 years).
-Bonne Mine a charity that supports 12 orphanages in Bulgaria.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR LOVE IN A BOX
1. Take an empty shoebox.
2. Wrap your shoebox in colourful paper. Wrap the lid and box separately.
3. Pack your box. Use this list to decide what to put in.
4. Use an elastic band or ribbon to keep the lid on. Do not tape it closed.
5. Place a label on the end of the box, marked girl or boy, and the age.

1. YOUR BOX MUST INCLUDE: (Everything should be new with the exception of used toys, books in very good condition, please.)

TOOTHPASTE AND A TOOTHBRUSH
SOAP
CRAYONS, PENS, MARKERS OR COLORED PENCILS
A NOTEBOOK, PAPER OR COLORING BOOK
SOMETHING WARM TO WEAR: GLOVES, SCARF, HAT, SOCKS
SWEETS, CHOCOLATES
BOOK IN FRENCH

2. YOU MAY ALSO INCLUDE SOME OF THE FOLLOWING: (Please no battery-operated toys)

SMALL, GOOD QUALITY TOYS GAMES, BALLS, MARBLES, BALLOONS
DOLLS, STUFFED ANIMALS, TOY CARS, DOMINOS, HARMONICAS
HAIR ACCESSORIES, JEWLERY, BANDANAS, BELTS, WALLETS, WATCHES
PENCIL CASES, HANDBAGS, MAGAZINES, QUIZ/ACTIVITY BOOKS

3. WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE:

LIQUIDS, PERISHABLE FOODS, TOY GUNS, KNIVES OR SHARP ITEMS, MEDICINE


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jill Cameron: jillnchris@hotmail.com, Francie Seder: frp@noos.fr and
Betsi Dwyer: ecdwyer@aol.com

Please bring your gift boxes to American Cathedral, 23 ave George V, 75008 before December 14th, 2008.

Merci Organizing Mama

Wonder what La Mom and the French Fries look like? What my real name is? Point Monsieur Mouse over to Stacey Crew The Organizing Mama to find out. But sshhh! Don't tell the Paris moms OK?

Thanks Stacey for La Mom's one minute of fame via MomMinute Monday!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

An Afternoon with Dr. Hot


Another winter, another cough for Big Fry, another afternoon at the American Hospital in Paris.

The downside was the waiting room was full of moms and kids which meant our scheduled appointment was late. The upside was that I got to gaze at Dr. Hot - my fave pediatrician at the American Hospital, but sadly not Big Fry's pediatrician.

He was in and out of the waiting room at least 5 times yesterday. Each time he walked by my eyes were glued to him and now I realize what it is that I appreciate about him so much:

1/ His looks are all-American - strong, healthy, handsome
2/ He's got straight, clean teeth (French teeth can get a bit nasty with nicotine and caffeine stains)
3/ He smiles at people (the French don't)

When I saw Big Fry's doctor come out of his office I knew we were next. So I said, "C'mon Big Fry, were up next with Dr. Hot." I hadn't realized what I said until Dr. Hot, who was standing near the secretary's desk said to me, "Excuse me, do I know you?"

La Mom: Uhh, not really, we met at a CPR training recently.
Dr. Hot: That's nice. Have a good day.

Not that I was trying to, but I obviously hadn't made an impression on him at the CPR training. What Dr. Hot doesn't know is that he made a huge impression on moi and all the other moms who were at that training!
 

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