Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Monday, October 27, 2008


I've been thinking a lot about something over the past few days. Have you ever noticed how so many bloggers tend to give France a persona? Crystal and I talked about it this weekend, and it's totally true - so many of us talk about France as if it's a person (and most often, a woman). It's always "France did this" or "France did that". It seems though that most of the people who do this are ones who are in France because of love, not because they necessarily want to be. It's like France is an adversary, maybe the bitchy neighbor who's out to get you or the back-stabbing co-worker.

Personally, France has really grown on me over time, and she's now developed into what I like to call "Crazy Aunt Flo" - you know, the aunt who does things you don't really understands and who sometimes pisses you off, but you just love her anyways - she's not to blame, that's just the way she is *insert shoulder shrug here*. It's true we've had our ups and downs (okay, mostly downs) over the years, but we've reached a good equilibrium now and I'm quite happy with the way our relationship has turned out. Who knows, maybe five years from now we'll be BFFs.




Blogger The Duchess said...

lol, Sam, where I come from, Aunt Flo means something totally different! (certain time of the month....)
It sounds as if you are turning a corner with your relationship with France, for the best by the sound of it!

October 27, 2008 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

France is a sniper...waiting to take me down :p

October 27, 2008 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Starman said...

Well, after all, it is La Belle France.

October 27, 2008 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Bee Ean said...

Sam, yes it happens to me too.

Sometimes I bitch about France in front of my in laws and when think about it, they didn't do anything wrong but just happen to live here. So I told myself to bitch less and just concentrate on the nice things here, which is not easy during down town.

October 27, 2008 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Leesa said...

I kinda think of France as "home" --- and the U.S. as a place I visit now that "used to be home!" There are sooo many things I love about France... and fewer things I love about the people... BUT!!!!! I have to tell you... I meet people EVERYWHERE I go.. and I have met some really great peeps...

October 28, 2008 at 12:51 AM  
Blogger Non, Je ne regrette rien said...

ditto on the Aunt flo thing. I also agree that I've noticed a change in your own comments re: france, i think you used to be one of those in france for love gals...but now you're looking at france like family!

i'm in france for love ... love of france.

October 28, 2008 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Loulou said...

Complaining about where you live is normal. :)
When I lived in New Orleans I noticed that people (including myself) really loved certain aspects of living there, and hated others. Ditto with Seattle and San Francisco.
There are always good days and bad days. And shoulder shrugging days.

I can definitely see that you and la belle France are on your way to becoming BFF.

October 28, 2008 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger joy suzanne said...

Cute! I like this post a lot, what fun.

October 29, 2008 at 4:46 PM  

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