Thursday, May 04, 2006

French Civilization

A few weeks ago, I attended a friend's birthday party. There were about 30 of us. K lives very far away and gets back home rarely and it was a big deal birthday so her mother threw her a very nice bash. I was only able to stay a little while - the babysitter called at 9:30 with a child emergency and I had to leave. But while I was there I was introduced to a lot of people. In attendance at the party (at K's mother's lovely, bourgeois apartment - she plays the harp for heaven's sake) were K's father, accompanied by the woman he left K's mother for and their now grown love-child, and K's ex-stepfather, accompanied by the woman he left K's mother for and their now adolescent love- child. I thought that was quite a bit of leaving and loving in one room.

When I saw K and her mother the following day I asked if X and Y were, in fact, who I thought they were. There were. I said, "Aren't you all civilized?"

K's mother wisely replied, "That's the only way to be."

7 comments:

beth said...

I don't think my psyche (sp) is that civilized!
ps-hope the boys emergency was not serious.

Lorraine said...

Yes, very civilized. I'd be more in the line of scratching-out-of-the-eyes or at least glowering at the offenders the entire time. My inner French girl is only so strong.

Display Name said...

Harp? Love child? Civilized ex's? I feel more refined just thinking about it.

christi said...

that pretty much sums the french up huh? in america, that's an episode of jerry springer...

Grish said...

I had to read that twice. I wonder what they do to think friendly thoughts...

charlie said...

Civilised behaviour is much over-rated. And, the French know that, deep down. The French especially. I'm surprised the entire family didn't take to the streets!

PS I have made a harp. Oh yes I have. I'll post about it and brag in due course. It will help eradicate memories of the lycra.

the neighbor said...

As Lorraine knows, the only time I ever plan to be in the same room with my ex-husband's wife is at his funeral. If then.