Monday, February 23, 2009
I love it when I can help a new expat friend in need.
La Mom's neighbor just arrived from Atlanta. I've nicknamed her Belle, as in Southern Belle. I have a feeling she may not last very long in Paris. She already informed me that she sees no need whatsoever to visit the Left Bank of Paris,"What's ovah theyah besides a bunch of museums?" Oh, just the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame, and the Marais.
Everything she needs is in her neighborhood and she has no desire to visit this beautiful city or try to learn a few basic French words, "What for, everybody speaks English anyway." Not exactly, but, if that's what you think, ok.
So we had a coffee/playdate yesterday afternoon. Belle showed up with horrible red, irritated eyes.
La Mom: What happened to you?!
Belle(with Southern accent): Honey, Ah haave an infection and the cream the Doctah prescribed makes mah eyes feel worse, not bettah. The minute ah rubbed it in they started stinging.
La Mom: Go get me the cream and the doc's prescription! I'll doublecheck everything for you.
So she ran back up to her apartment and brought back the creams the doc prescribed.
Notice I wrote "creams?" Plural.
Poor Belle, something had obviously been lost in translation. What she had rubbed into her eyes was cream, but not for her eye infection. Seems she had another infection too - down south in her Atlanta area. She rubbed the cream for that itchy little infection into her eyes and vice versa.
La Mom:(Pretending not to understand the prescription) Not sure what champignon (mushroom) cream is for, but it definitely does not go into your eyes! The tube says nothing about eyes. For future reference, les yeux means eyes.
Belle: Oh honey, well ah must haaave mixed it up with the cream for mah leg rash.
Yeah, right, your "leg rash" secret is safe with me:)