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Friday, January 27, 2006

News from the Mister

So this is my time again to tell everyone Bonjour... As Dorothee is making all of you wait for the next instalment of our story on the ranch... I hope all of the people reading this are doing well and experiencing the most that life has to offer... As for me, it's terrible fun to be around such a lovely person such as my wife... She's incredible and without her and her support I would be Les Miserable Homme that I was before I met my tres special wife... See I try to put some French in here and there even when she is not around to help me... I know I know I must work on getting that in tune so that I can communicate better with everyone posting on this site and with Dorothee's family... But they make it so easy for me to just speak English with them seeing how they all love speaking English with me... I mean really!!!! How often do they get to speak English to someone... Now they have to excuse to practice everytime I'm around... O.K. O.K. So that's a terrible reason for me to procrastinate learning the language of my beloved wife... I will come around in due time...

Alright... Now that's said and done... Let's get to the nitty gritty part of this blog... I've been asked to write on so many subjects and it would take me the rest of the day to write on all of them... I've decided to be fair and write about a subject that one of my "new family" has asked me... So this blog is for Gwladys, my cousin-in-law who is soon going to be in the same shoes as Dorothee and I with a new job bringing her to the U.S. and with her American Boyfriend just hours away... I hope she knows that she will have to make a special trip down to Texas so that Dorothee and I can meet this young man who has captured the heart of this lovely French woman... Is it me or does it seem that French girls really dig American boys??? Is there something special in the water that we drink here that makes French girls go "Ga-Ga" over us... I like to think so... But I have to admit... I knew Dorothee didn't stand a chance when it came to me... Because, Come on now... We are talking about me now... How could she even think about not being with me for the rest of her life...

Gwladys wanted to know what I thought about French girls before I actually fell in love and married... Hmmmm, honestly I hadn't given it much thought... It was a fluke me running into Dorothee and a pleasant one at that... I have to say though, that Americans are not subjected to much of the French culture or the French language... Most of what Americans see about the subject are from the Cinema or TV... For example... A lot of Americans see films like the "Pink Panther" and we assume that is what a Frenchmen sounds like when speaking English... Although Peter Sellers as Insp. Jacques Clouseau does a fine job with the French accent it wasn't till much later that I found out that French people don't sound like that when they speak English...


Let me think about some of the more stereotypical French cliches that Americans have of the French... Hmmmm..... First one that comes to mind is "Smelly" I think this stereotype comes from the very old days before "Running Water" inside the house, back when you had to carry buckets of water up to the house in order to take a bath... Or bathe in the pond, lake or river... But I have to defend the French here.... DIDN'T WE ALL STINK BACK THEN????

O.K. next would be the Cuisine Francaise... Snails... I have to admit... That's one most Americans have trouble wrapping their tongues around... But I guarantee though, that any American that wraps their lips around one of those succulent mouth watering Garlic Herb Butter stuffed delicacies all steaming fresh from the oven will know exactly why the French love to put a large platter of them on the table... Thank God for my wife introducing me to that little gem of heaven in Paris... Anybody else hungry right now or is it just me???

Hmmm.... I know there are tons more of examples but my mind is just coming up blank right now... As I think of them in the future I will try to remind myself to post them so that you all can tell me if you have encountered that stereotype or if it's something new to you...

I think that to answer the question about what it's like to be married to a French woman I would have to say that it's the same facination that French people have for the Americans... I think anyone who comes up to you with an intriguing accent and talks to you for any length of time you get so caught up in the fact you are just spell bound or mesmerized by the beautiful sound coming from their voice that you find yourself listening more intently to them than you do any other person you socialize with... And isn't that the most important feature in any relationship??? Communication is the single most essential part of any relationship... Let me get off my "Soap Box"... I have to say that... I'm a Communication Studies Major at the University, so that's what I'm taught... Anyway... I found myself just curious and more curious about getting to know Dorothee, partly because she was French and it's always interesting to get a completely different point of view about things than I have or hear over here, partly because she's SUPER HOT and I love the attention we get when we walk in the streets... Partly because I love listening to her speak... But most of all it's because I never get tired of learning new things about her... It's obvioius that Dorothee and I come from different worlds... And I'm sure that Gwladys can agree that with her new boyfriend Dan, that it's just a completely different environment to be around that persons family and friends than it was spending anytime with family and friends in France... Completely different worlds, and I love that about my relationship with Dorothee... It's something special... You never can explain it properly or give it the justice it deserves... But trust me when I say that the communication even if misunderstood from time to time is the greatest gift in a relatioinship between the two countries... So all you people that's dating interculturally... Congrats!!!

Well I think that's all I have for this post... But this isn't bad... 2 posts in the same month... Maybe I will get just as addicted to this thing as my wife... I think I'm hearing that I need to post about how Dorothee and I met and tell my side of the story.... Hmmmm I'll have to think about that... Let me know what you think....

The Mister

20 Comments:

  • At Fri Jan 27, 03:05:00 PM , Anonymous Dorothee said...

    Ohhh, so many sweet things.... What a love.... I would marry you again tomorrow if you wish...
    By the way, do you have something to ask me ???

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 03:10:00 PM , Anonymous The Mister said...

    Yes baby...How did you know??? What's for Dinner???

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 03:28:00 PM , Blogger Cloporte said...

    May I ? :-)

    Actually, I don't like Escargots so much...
    About being "smelly", I though it was because of the cheese... I don't think my grand-ma generation was taking bath in lakes, I though it was a cowboy thing. Don't you, Dorothee ?
    I'm the one who asked for your side of the love story. I think it might be interesting !

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 03:50:00 PM , Anonymous Dorothee said...

    I think that this rumor comes from the XVIIIth century, when europeans were actually smelly... Sure, to me, the "cowboys" are smelly, and take bath once in a blue moon... But I've heard "smelly" about the french, and "hairy" about the french women...
    Yes, please my Master, write your version of our story... But leave me the ranch part.... :)

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 04:13:00 PM , Anonymous The Mister said...

    Obviously, it's just my assumption of where the smelly business comes from... Guessing the best I can... And yes I forgot about the hairy stereotype we hear... I have not seen signs of this in France... So I'm sure it's few and far between the Europeans who choose to live a hairy lifestyle... I can say this... I have seen, worked, and went to school with plenty of girls in Austin Texas who chose not to practice the shaving ritual... But they are what we call "Extreme Hippies"

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 04:34:00 PM , Blogger Lui said...

    You guys are so cute, if I didn't love you guys, I would surely puke from all that cuteness, warm feelings and romance! :)

    The suspens about the ranch is getting unbearable...

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 04:57:00 PM , Anonymous Dorothee said...

    Hey, like that, you can all understand why I'm still here !! :)
    Puking ? Rhoooo nooooooooo

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 05:49:00 PM , Anonymous miss lulu said...

    huhuhuh funny :) the smelly version i know is that french woman don't use deodorant! and the hairy part too, of course, so whenever i teach and it's hot outside, i wear tank tops to prove everyone wrong...

    so yes, we need both sides of the story :)

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 06:03:00 PM , Anonymous The Mister said...

    Thank you so much for that Miss Lulu... I think Austin women are starting to do that too... Can't be too sure now-a-days...

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 06:58:00 PM , Blogger skaribou said...

    Hum...escargots :-) !
    I thought that the smelly myth was because of Louis XIV ?!!
    Hairy and Smelly : Not Yummi at all :-( !
    Can you picture a french hairy and smelly woman cooking snails ?! Yeurk !!!

    Dorothee (ET mes chaussettes, rouges et jaunes a petits pois ! Sorry), this suspense is killing me...:-(

     
  • At Fri Jan 27, 08:38:00 PM , Blogger Raoul Wolfoni said...

    It would be really nice to hear your side of the story. So, you have my support!

    I have a question for you... completely off topic, but... how do you like Austin? I'm planning a trip there, 8 days or so. I know it's not much but what would you recommend I spend that time doing?

    (j'ai honte)

     
  • At Sat Jan 28, 03:24:00 AM , Blogger sborja1 said...

    Ton Mister t'aime vraiment très fort, dis-donc. Bon, je n'ai pas tout tout compris, parce que mon anglais vaut un peu plus que son français, mais guère.
    MAIS j'attends toujours les 8 jours au ranch! (évidemment, on connaît la fin, ils se marièrent etc..)
    Petite précision: je ne connais personne qui aime les escargots dans mon entourage, ni même les cuisses de grenouilles! Mon C&T me précise "et le béret et la baguette?", mais là, pour la baguette, c'est vrai et quand au béret, vu que ça revient à la mode, je viens de finir d'en tricoter un!!
    Je vous adresse à tous deux de gros bisous neigeux (15 cm de neige et -2°C!!)
    Simonne

     
  • At Sat Jan 28, 03:56:00 AM , Blogger Gwladys said...

    Hey you guys,

    first, thank you Mister for this very moving post. Reading the part you wrote about how special it is to date somebody from a different country totally reminded me of how lucky I am and what an extraordinary story I am currently experiencing with Dan...I can never be more thankful for what happened to Dan and me, and to Dorothée and you. Of course, the first part of the story when we all live apart from each other is the most difficult, but it's also the time that makes our relationship stronger and more sincere. And you are so right about the cute side of the language: last time Dan decided to read in French an article (he's working like you on his French, but he's still at the first chapter:"pronounciation tips")...And I think I fell in Love with him again, just hearing him speak in French..LIVING WITH A PERSON FROM A DIFFERENT CULTURE IS LIKE AN ADVENTURE EVERYDAY!!!And for the "hot" part, it is so exciting to do some PG17 in the "original version", isn't it, Dorothée? ;)
    Thanks again, and keep on loving each other like you do...It's the best thing!
    PS: In France, we also have this stereotype of "hairy ladies", but it's for Portuguese woman..."Poltouguèche"

     
  • At Sat Jan 28, 12:15:00 PM , Anonymous The Mister said...

    Well Manu... I can say this about Austin and vacationing here... The hotel rooms are great... Ours had a full size Fridge and stove top so basically if you plan everything right... You never have to leave... If you do run out of nutrients to keep your stamina up... You can always find some barbque somewhere near by... I hope that helps...

     
  • At Sat Jan 28, 12:30:00 PM , Anonymous The Mister said...

    I'm so happy for you and Dan Gwladys... It makes Dorothee and me very happy to see how wonderful each of you compliment the other... As for my French, well it's super slow going, because I don't ever open up the book... But something strange has happened over the past couple of months... I find myself reading over the shoulder of Dorothee while we are in bed and she only reads French novels... I've started understanding alot of the words... and I will sit there and translate it... Sometimes I really shock Dorothee when I do that... But I can't pronounce the words either... So Dan, don't feel bad... At least we sound cute when we try...

     
  • At Sat Jan 28, 01:10:00 PM , Anonymous Dorothee said...

    Simonne : Merci.... oui, je peux dire que j'ai une chance incroyable...
    Beret et baguette, oui, il aurait du y penser.. Encore une fois, on est dans le stereotype du genre Pink Panther...
    Il neige chez toi ? Nous aujourd'hui c'est pluvieux, mais je suis en t-shirt... ;)

     
  • At Sat Jan 28, 05:28:00 PM , Blogger Gwladys said...

    You guys definitely sound very cute when you try, and that's what Dorothée and I love! Dan is actually trying to do a French lesson almost everyday, because he wants to be able to make a surprise to my family when he gets to France in February. Last time I was on the phone with him, I asked "How are you", which made him answer: "comme-ci comme ça"!!! sooo great! i couldn't believe my ears...then i hanged up the phone and said "bye bye, take care, I love you", and he answered "je t'aime, à bientôt" so quickly, that I was wondering if I was dreaming or if I understood well...but that moved me so much! So keep on learning, Arthur, because that will make Dorothée so pleased to hear the Love of her life speaking in her native language!!!It's like starting to share something else and important with her..and it's actually pretty sweet to show off in the US speaking in French, and in France speaking in English...:)

     
  • At Sun Jan 29, 07:24:00 AM , Blogger sborja1 said...

    Gwladys, comme tu es aimée toi aussi! Tu te rends compte de l'effort? Il paraît que le français est une des langues les plus difficiles à parler (vu la grammaire...)
    Dorothée, nous, on se pèle!
    Tiens, malgré le froid et les difficultés à jouer, Lyon est toujours en tête du championnat de Ligue 1 (tu t'interesses au foot, quand même, pardon, au "soccer"?)

     
  • At Sun Jan 29, 11:56:00 AM , Blogger paris2texas said...

    Simonne : Lyonnais, lyonnais, lyonnaaaaaais.....

     
  • At Mon Jan 30, 04:09:00 AM , Blogger Gwladys said...

    Simonne: je sais, j'en ai de la chance, car pour lui, "it's not a piece of cake"!

     

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