What is the definition of civilized? Is anyone really civilized?
Afterall, we are just animals, just wild animals!
Becoming accustomed to French culture has its difficulties. Especially since, I was born in the greatest country (propaganda there!) in the world, which was founded by outcasts, criminals, and puritians.
GAW - I love America!
Earlier in the month, I was invited to a friend's home for lunch. Lunch in France, lasts about 7 hours. C'est normale!
Here is a typical itinerary:
Noon - Everyone arrives around this time! Drinks and appetizers are served and we talk! We wait for the last minute guests to arrive before we 'get ready' for lunch.
2:00pm - Lunch!! We EAT and DRINK well! There is usually a buffet of food served and each dish is more delicious than the previous! After lunch, the hostess and guests cleans up, while a digestif is served! A digestif is either cognac or eau d'vie, which does its job - help digest food!
4:00pm - A game such as badmitton or a walk around the neighborhood is usually taken to also help digest food!
5:30pm - coffee and dessert is served!
7:00pm - head home!
This lunch taught me a lot about how much I have changed!
In the States, guests are treated like ROYALITY! (I will also say the same for the English as well) They do nothing, not even lift a finger, only wait to be served! Which is GREAT, yet after living overseas for 2 years, well, it no longer flies!
In France, THE HOSTESS IS QUEEN and SHE SHOULDN'T LIFT A FINGER! Bizarre, I know, but its just like that!
At the fabulous seven hour lunch, there were about 10 people, I was the only American, the rest were English or Scottish. I also noticed that NONE of the English ladies helped out,
they did nothing but drank like fishes and ate like cows.
Not that I am judging, but come on!
So, I have defined civilized as this: have common sense and common courtsey!
Easier said than done at times! And if that is too complicated, just BE NICE and HELP OUT!
Now, I just have to practice what I preach!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
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My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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