Sunday, March 22, 2009
I know what you’re thinking – why does La Mom hang out with all of these freak show expat mommies?
Well, let me tell you – if you want to “speek ze Eeenglish”, you don’t have a lot of choice. Imagine you’re on the Titanic and there’s only a few lifeboats left. All of a sudden you get a lot less picky about the company you keep when you’re drowning in Frenchness 24/7.
That’s why every mom needs La Copine, a real French friend. She’s the one who thinks your lame American cooking is exotic (“J’adore Old El Pas-O! Your fah-hee-TAS are sooo délicieux!”) and that your kids are adorable even when one of them smacks the other and starts a shriek-fest at your neighborhood café.
How come she’s so laid-back? La Copine actually thinks there’s life outside of France! She speaks English fluently – not to mention about 4 other languages. New food, music, friends – La Copine is always up for an adventure.
Sidebar: Kudos to you if you find a Copine – it’s pretty hard to get to know your average French femme. Parisiennes don’t have the American pack mentality. They don’t really do the split-a-bottle-of-wine-and-bitch-about-the-hubby thing. And they’d rather stick bamboo under their perfectly manicured fingernails than share their hairdresser’s phone number with a pal – her so-called friend might end up (gasp) looking better than she does!
Natural habitat: Anywhere in Paris that has an exotic vibe.
Hangout: The Göethe Institut in the 16th arondissement – it’s so much fun to learn another language!
Uniform: Chic Comptoir des Cotonniers basics jazzed up with her own personal finds – elaborately beaded slippers from Morocco, a luminous scarf from Tanzania.
How to spot her: Lunching at the local Indian joints at Passage Brady or trying the special of the day at Laos Siam in the 20th arondissement.
Raison d’Etre: Travel – what’s the point of having 6 weeks of vacation a year if you don’t get out of L'Héxagone?
Profession: High-powered job in marketing or sales – but her motto is “work to live, not live to work”.
Vacations: Pre-kids – backpacking across Thailand. Post-kids – Penguin-spotting at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.
Boys – Mathis, Matteo, Romain
Girls – Chloé, Rose, Lise