Thursday, September 27, 2007


Le Petit and I went for a long walk into Paris today. On our way back, we passed in front of an elementary school just as a mother and daughter were walking out.

The mom was explaining what there was for lunch, and I only caught the very end of the discussion:

"No, you can't have Nutella for dessert. Nutella is for snack time. Dessert is yogurt or fruit or, from time to time, cake."

I passed them by on the sidewalk, smiled, and said, "Maman is right, you know."

"You've got to explain it to them early," her mother said, grinning back.

Damn right, I thought to myself. Learn what you eat and when, and learn it young. I love this country!

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