Wednesday, July 18, 2012

prepare yourself, you know it's a must

{La Petite taking her Tonton for a walk}

Not wanting my memory and thus my blog post to go the way of Brazil Day, at Papa's Wife's mother's 90th birthday lunch, I frantically scrawled bits of information on a red napkin, prompting The German to ask me if I was writing my memoirs, to which I replied, "oui" (or ja, or yes - we're very multilingual around these parts) because after all, isn't a blog a memoir just told in parts?

Why yes, yes it is.

And with that I bring you another part of my memoir...

First off I'm going to let you in on a secret, Papa's Wife's mother's name is Louisette. I'm telling you this for two reasons, 1) typing Papa's Wife's mother is a pain in the petunia and 2) Louisette is a lovely name and ever so close to Louise which makes me feel like Louisette and I are kindred spirits of sorts (just go with me on this one please).

There were forty of us in the village salle de fête for Sunday lunch and it quickly became clear that we were the country cousins (we being; Brother-in-Law, Child Bride, The Husband, and me). The Parisians to our right had barely touched their bread basket (ours was empty), had barely sipped their wine (E M P T Y) and their paper tablecloth looked like no one was dining on it, while ours looked like a band of monkeys had been fed. We need an Emily Post intervention (or possibly, a few weeks in Paris).

{All About Louisette}
After lunch, there was a quiz all about Louisette. Two teams of three grandchildren were brought up on stage to answer questions about her in a game show format. It was awfully sweet because The Husband was chosen as one of the six, and since he is a 'step-grandchild' and there were actual grandchildren, grandchildren there, it gave me the warm and fuzzies, and I know it gave The Husband warm and fuzzies too (Louisette LOVES The Husband... I think he actually might be her favorite... shhh).

Around 3p.m., Louisette had had enough. She shouted "merci à tous", stood up, and left (sometimes 90 year olds need a sieste you know), so we took that as our cue to head outside and play Pétanque. 

{behold the expert concentration and skill}

There were six teams of three playing tournament style. And even though Papa's Wife's brother, and her brother-in-law, let out a little huff and puff when they found out I was on their team, we won anyway because guess what... this Irish Texan New Yorker, can throw around the metal balls with the best of them. Ce n'est pas sorcier! (that means, it's not rocket science).

And that mes amies concludes part 455 of my memoir.

So if I wrote an actual memoir, would you read it? 

(more importantly, would you buy it?)

bisou

P.S. Two years ago we had another celebration in The LPV (we're always celebrating something, aren't we?!)

28 comments:

  1. But of course this is a memoir. If you wrote an "actual" memoir, does that mean you'd include secrets not previously revealed as a selling point?

    And I'm tickled pink you hold your own on the pétanque court(?) (field?). Hooray on behalf of American girls and old ladies.

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    1. Of course my real memoir would contain all of the never read juicy bits... I've been holding out on you guys for ages!

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  2. I'd buy the book and would go see the movie too! C'est pas sorcier!!! (I'm so proud of you, Petanque Girl!! Make them kiss Fanny's ass!! (expression for a petanque game: when you kiss Fanny's ass means you loose!!)

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  3. I would totally buy your memoirs. Louisette sounds like a firecrakcer...sieste and all!

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  4. Your whole life is rustic chic, I'm so envious.

    Ah the Londoner - how amazing is her blog?

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  5. You have great Form! And I hope, after you won, you chanted "U.S.A, U.S.A". Europeans love that. ha!
    m.

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  6. When I die and they lay me to rest. Gonna go to the place that's the best.

    Thanks a freakin' lot! Now I'll have that song stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

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    1. DING DING DING!!! You got it! That song as well as lots of other classic rock was playing throughout the lunch so when I saw, "Gotta Have a Friend in Jesus" scrawled on the red napkin, I knew exactly what to title this post :)

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  7. I think everyone should celebrate birthdays , no matter how old and this one sounds great !
    I also think everyone should find more thing to celebrate, keeps the cheer in life and makes you kind of look around some days and think, this is worth celebrating.
    besitos, C
    Yes, I would read the entire book :)

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  8. I have a cousin who lives near Nimes who is named Louisette too. Your form for Petanque is very impressive. Congratulations on the big victory. Yes, I would buy your published memoir as I can't wait to hear what secrets you will reveal about the LPV.

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  9. I would totally read your memoirs. I've seen on M6 some writers publishing their book on Amazon kindle without going through a book publisher.

    Looks like you have a nice weather in South of France, because up North, we are freezing. Can you imagine wearing a sweater in July?!

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  10. I would definitely read your memoir. You (and your life) are completely unique to any other story I've heard. And I mean that in a good way. :) lol

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  11. What a wonderful celebration and I am so impressed with your form!! Such concentration! Family time is the best. I love the fact that you were there to celebrate such a special birthday.

    Enjoy your week!

    leslie

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  12. this blog is a pretty memoir, of course. and i'll go with you with Louisette. i love that name

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  13. You should totally write a memoir.
    And I'm sooo bad at that game, it's ridiculous!

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  14. oooooh DO IT. Write a book. I'd buy it fo sho.

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  15. You know I'd read your memoir! It would be amazing! : )

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  16. considering when I discovered your blog I was ADDICTED and spent several days reading back (did i just admit that?....in a non-stalker way obviously) yes I would buy & read it! And if I ever get to 90 I wanna party like the beautifully named Louisette too, how lovely!

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  17. Absolutely!! You are so well written and very entertaining! :)

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  18. You write it, I'll buy it, for sure!!
    Sounds like you guys had a ball (although I'm not happy with PW's brother's huff and puff when they found you were on their team - how rude) and I love the fact that Louisette just up and left. 90 yr olds are awesome. I'm tired, so I'm f*cking out of here. Just like how the Queen turned up 3/4 into her own Jubilee concert. I'm old, I can do what the hell I want! Excellent.

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  19. Definitely would buy your memoir! Even though I'm a relatively new follower - I can totally relate to your experiences. Before we moved here, we would come visit my in-laws for 3 weeks each summer - they live in a petit village in the Dordogne - many similarities to what you share! I love it!! It's so cool to read another American's perspective! Thanks so much for sharing.

    PS - Louisette sounds like a fiesty firecracker!

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  20. Can't wait for the book - this blog is already such a page turner. Come to Paris for some inspiration, but bring a sweater. Or better still, shop for one while you're here!!!

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  21. I'm not surprised the husband is her favorite. If he won your heart he must be special! Sara, I have been waiting for your memoir since the moment I first found your blog. WRITE IT!!! If it doesn't get published write away, don't give up. You have an uncanny ability to make people love you and your world and it's all delivered with a side of wit. I see a book, followed by a romantic comedy, (and of course Fifty would want to play himself)! xo

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  22. Wow it would be my dream to live in France! I studied abroad in Paris for 6 months and it was the best time of my life. Can't wait to read more of your adventures :)

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  23. This is great! If you wrote a memoir I would buy it AND read it...I told you, I'm always sucked into your stories!

    And oui, Louisette is a lovely name.

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  24. Yes, and yes. Echoing from above, yours is a great blog and I have no doubt the book would also be great. And funny....and a bit surreal (in a good way.) Happy late 90th to the beautifully named Louisette!

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  25. Duhhh I would read it! Have you read A Year in Provence? Yours would be like that...but more fun.

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