Â You would have been so proud of me this weekend. We had French guests and not only did I understand much of what was being said, I was even able to do a little talking of my own which they acted like they understood.
So maybe the dam has broken, the plug is gone and my French will start pouring forth.
Â So I’m doing some entertaining and my house is even clean-I dusted and vacuumed. The lady of this couple visiting us is an actrice and I don’t know if this influences her choice of clothing or not, but anytime I have seen her she is always extremely well dressed. This morning I got up and dressed in some 3 year old cotton pants and a t-shirt and she came downstairs in heels and a black dress made of material shot through with gold thread and with designs on the bodice in sequins. She’s very nice and everytime she sees me she tells me I look like Shirley Maclaine.Â I don’t see it, of course, except for the red hair and blue eyes. I asked her if she has ever personally met Shirley Maclaine and she said no so I don’t know what she is seeing-maybe some of her personality in movies–the ones where she is old, cranky and taking no prisoners. In fact, I have often been told that I resemble someone. In the past it was Mary Tyler Moore (when I was young and thin), or Sandy Duncan, if you remember her from years ago, when we both had short red hair. I also had a student once tell me I looked exactly like her cousin. She pulled out a photo to show me. I saw no resemblance and, sadly, I thought the girl in the photo was not atractive at all. Anyway, back to my French guest. She is the girlfriend of a long time French guy that Maurice has known for years. They have been together for a couple of years now but they are still using vous with each other. This is the very formal way of saying you in France. Why, I don’t know, but I intend to get the guy alone and ask him. I’m always tripping over my tongue trying not to say tu to French people I’ve just met. I wonder if, in a century or so, the vous will completely disappear.
In any case, I close with this. This is not me, nor anyone that I know. It is just a series of photos I am starting illustrating that, indeed, French women DO get fat.