I haven’t written for a while, taken by the winds of life but I laughed yesterday when the tuck shop convenor from my youngest kid’s school (lovely, down to earth lady by the way) said that I was still more French than Australian.

That, of course, will always be I think.

Why did she say that?

Well, I have been giving a morning a month for the last 5 years and yesterday all lunches, second breaks and dish cleaning were done at a reasonably early hour so our lovely convenor looked at us, I was sitting down, and said “Girls well done! you could go now if you wished”.

So I stood up, grabbed my bag and said good bye. And this is when the big sentence came out “You are so French!” I had to laugh as I kind of guessed what she meant, but I wasn’t going to give her any “Are you sure? Would you like me to stay a bit longer……” No, I was blatantly honest and went.

Is frankness what defines us French? I am not sure, it probably has more to do with who we are, but for sure we come down from the Francs, right? So that would have had a bit of influence on us don’t you think?

People might often say that French are rude and arrogant, but I don’t think so. I think we are loyal and genuine, but sure, if we don’t like your idea or what you are doing we will tell you, simply because this is normal for us. We do have a lot of rules in France – my kids will confirm 😉 …. – How to sit at the table, how to introduce yourself, how to dress or not dress, how to talk, how to……. the list goes forever. But not saying what you think or not behaving the way you feel is right is not one of them.

We don’t open up right away as easily as Anglo-saxons might. We don’t really like being noisy or loud but once you get to know us you will get everything and we will genuinely tell you what we think is right or wrong ; how we really feel and will not pretend greatness or sadness when it is not there.

So what do you think? Want to stick with us? Come on! we are fun and be sure that if we really like you we won’t give you pretend compliments, we’ll just be blatantly honest, Francs right?

Steph

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