J’Adore Glace

We had a lot of company one week this summer, even 13 people at one point, relatives of Maurice’s. (I really shouldn’t complain as last year we had 30 people but only for one day.) As you might imagine, I did a lot of cooking but the women all helped and they always set the table and helped with the dishes. I was exhausted when it was all over. Only a few of our guests could speak English well enough to carry on a conversation with me but I did get to practice my French a lot. It’s so nice when someone takes the time to stand there and listen to me and try to figure out what I’m saying and then giving me a better word for what I’ve said. It would be nice if everyone was that patient.
One of the guests was a little four year old girl who was so cute. She was one of those intelligent children, very serious, wise beyond her years. One night she didn’t want to eat the lamb. Her parents were trying to make her so she started crying, making all of us feel miserable. Finally her mother told her, “Fine, no ice cream then”. The little girl went in the house with tears in her eyes. I went in a little later and got an ice cream cone and as I headed outside I saw her looking at me with her big blue eyes with her sad expression and she said with her eyes on my ice cream cone, “I’adore glace” (I love ice cream). No one was looking so I gave her a bite of my cone. I went outside and told her mother what she had said and a few minutes later she was outside with her own cone.

Isn’t she a cutie? She sure does like ice cream.

7 thoughts to “J’Adore Glace”

  1. She sure does look “cute”

    I was down near Cahors.. and staying in a village, the first friday night I was there, my friend had a party, they were 90% French , I had to speak french most of the night, .I hardly no any as it is, but oh did it make me learn quickly and they were so good and patient with me. 🙂

  2. Who could resist a child who says they “adore” anything, especially ice cream. Hmmm, I’ll have to see if it has the same effect on my husband the next time I see a particular little sports care that I truly adore!

  3. Elle est adorable! I always have a harder time speaking French with children–their vocab is more specific and they get stressed at my accent. And I am often so amazed and humbled at the patience of those who will spend whole evenings working through my thick accent and limited vocab. I strive to give that to those I meet here in America who come from elsewhere.

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