Monday, March 2, 2009

You Know You're in France When...



You know you’re in France when...



• Your mother-in-law tells your 12-month-old to stop eating like a baby.

• Your neighbor tells you she never breastfed because her husband would not share her poitrine with the children.

• Your toddler won’t eat any meat other than duck liver pâté.

• There’s no room for your stroller in the restaurant, but there’s an old couple with a dog eating from a plate at the table next to yours.

• Your maternity ward has a wine list.

• You get bawled out by little old ladies in the street because your kid isn’t wearing a woolen hat in September.

• Your family tells you:

je t’aime,

je t’aime,

je t’aime.

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17 comments:

Parisienne Mais Presque said...

How about:

- Your neighbor brags that she mixed Roquefort in her daughter's bottle when she was four months old because "il faut bien l'habituer au goût."

- Your 19-month-old runs to the refrigerator in the morning chanting "Petit suisse! Petit suisse!" then delicately peels the top off the container and drinks the watery part.

La Mom said...
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La Mom said...

@Parisienne Mais Presque,

Oooh, these are good ones.

Reminds me that an old colleague of mine from the Champagne region told me that they "christened" every new baby in the family with a few drops of -- what else -- Champagne in the baby bottle!

And your kid is *definitely* showing his French genes with the Petit Suisse thing. I always drain the nasty watery part off. Isn't it called "petit lait"?

La Mom

Staci said...

:O How very different!

SuZ said...

Sheesh!!

I'd never last in that country. I swear, I wouldn't!

:)

Fiona said...

I could have used a glass of wine while in labor ....

vicki archer said...

This is why we love them! xv

Kelli said...

SO TRUE!!! I'm especially fond of the last 3. :)

a H.I.T. said...

I bet that wine list comes in handy.

The Duchess said...

So true, all of them! And my girls do the petite suisse thing, which really freaks me out.
My girls have also started sucking air in between their teeth before they answer a question, surely that has to be a French thing?lol

Suburbia Steph said...

I'm with SuZ here....I don't think I'd survive!

Susan DeAngelis said...

I love your blog. Took French in hs & college, but never had a chance to use it until I went to Paris.... what a glorious place. Have you checked out the Rodin Museum? The Kiss is one of my fav sculptures. Keep the post coming. Love em.
Sue


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alice said...

Je t'aime your list!

alice said...

Oops I meant j'aime your list didn't I??? Obviously I'm a bit rusty on my French!

Monica said...

My first trip to Paris was last October. The dog poop & dog urine puddles really freaked me out. I've never seen anything like it.

ParisBreakfasts said...

THIS is the best list I've seen ANYWHERE!!!
BRAVO

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