Sunday, November 6, 2011

Give Her An Inch...


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 You know the idiom - Give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile?

In La Mom's case, when you give Paris Mom a centimeter, she takes a kilometer.

It all started with a text exchange:



Paris Mom: U go wees ze French Fries 2 ze parc today?

La Mom: Oui. Around 3:30.

Paris Mom: I meet u at parc avec Guillaume ok?  (Insert smiley)

La Mom: Great. C U there.

At le parc, Paris Mom takes her kilometer. 

Paris Mom: Bonjour! (Insert French double air kiss). So I peek 'eem up at seex o'clock?

La Mom to self: (She's dropping him off for me to babysit?)

We're going home at 5:30.

Paris Mom: Guillaume, do you want to go 'ome wees Big Fry?

Guillaume: Ouais! Genial!

Paris Mom: Big Fry ees going to take a shower when 'e gets 'ome. You can play in eez room. Or you can take a shower too?

La Mom to self: ?

Paris Mom: So I peek eem up at 7:00?

La Mom to self: How did 5:30 go to 7:00?

La Mom: Baaa, baaa, oui. The French Fries will have dinner then.

Paris Mom: Guillaume, do you want to stay for ze deener?

Guillaume & Big Fry: Trop cool!

Paris Mom: I peek eem up at 7:30. A toute à l'heure!

La Mom to self: Don't I get a 'Merci' at least?
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17 comments:

Sara Louise said...

Expert manipulation technique!

Maria O. Russell said...

The only reason people do this kind of thing to you is because they think they can get away with it!

And it happens everywhere, not only in Paris!

Please, don´t let them.

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@Paris Paul and the seven other women who left comments : La Mom is a dork and accidentally deleted them instead of publishing them! Thanks for your comment love and advice!

Sweet Freak said...

Classique! I sometimes wish I had nerve like that!

Tess said...

I have no advice, but I've been in the same boat - left to babysit, when I thought I was going to spend some social time with another mom. So annoying! My heartfelt sympathies. ;-)

Virginia said...

That could just as easily happen here in the US I think.
Good one.
V

MademoisElla Coquine said...

You're kidding, right? I'm sorry La Mom but Paris Mom is really annoying.

How does 'let's play in zee parc' go to 'feed, entertain and bathe my children' !?!?!?!?!!?!?

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@Sara @Maria @Tess @Sweet Freak @MademoisElla @Virginia - I was manipulated without even realizing it and it won't happen again. Wish I had nerve like that (just a little bit).

vicki archer said...

Unbelievable... Hope you are going the extra mile next week... pick your 'fries' up at 9! xv

Beadboard UpCountry said...

You were taken to zee cleaners on this one..... So expertly done too!!!!I would take advantage of this when you need a "favor"!xo Maryanne

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@Beadboard - I was taken to the cleaners and cleaned at 60°C INTENSIF!

Montreal's Mom Blog said...

You've got to be kidding me! You said yes? I would have said "Desolee, ma petite...I'm not your nanny." You are too nice!! :) Love your blog. :)

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@Montreal Mom - I was so shocked, and I like this mom, that I didn't say anything! I won't let her take advantage of me again! Thanks for stopping by the blog.

sharon said...

How clever was she ... what a shame that we are too polite to do the same thing back! Beautiful post!

la la Lovely said...

un- believable. That would happen to me too. I'm trying to learn the phrase....."that is not going to work for me." When said it usually comes with a side of guilt but once that wears off it feels pretty good to have spoken up. I'm with Vicki... drop off your kids next week and leave them till 9. Maybe she can help with homework. xo

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@la la Lovely and @Sharon - I'm too nice, unfortunately. Even though I've improved so much at telling off Frenchies in rude situations (mostly customer-service ones), I still don't know how to stick up for myself. Story of my life.

Hélène said...

J'ai terriblement honte que cette femme soit Française. Personnellement je suis très choquée, et je n'ai jamais vu ce type de comportement autour de moi en France.

 

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