Après Midi

Meeting of July 12, 2016

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Harriet Welty Rochefort

We had a very full house at "Après Midi" to hear Harriet Welty Rochefort talk about the cultural differences she experienced as a young American moving to France and marrying a Frenchman not that long after.

In an opening message to the attendees, I reminded everyone that attending Parler Paris Après Midi means one must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in the Parler Paris Nouvellettre®. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence there indicates your willingness to participate in these two small requirements.

Harriet's husband, Philippe, about whom she writes a lot, sat quietly in the corner with a stack of her books to sell and for her to sign -- French Toast, French Fried and Joie de Vivre. Reading from her books, the words struck home as everyone had so much to say about their own experiences living in a foreign land, particularly a French one.

One thing she cajoled about is how in France something "petit" is considered much more precious than something "big" as we might think in the States -- petit fours, "Mon Petit Chou," un petit café, etc., etc., etc. It has always struck me funny, too, and I often joke with the "vendeur" when he asks for "un petit signature" on the credit card slip: "Wouldn't you prefer a big one?" (Nope, they wouldn't.)

This was just one 'petit' nuance in French life we talked about with Harriet, but there are volumes of them, all in her books. Her stories were delightful and it was a perfect way to kick off the Summer season in the City of Light, in preparation for the festivities to come surrounding Bastille Day.

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In attendance were:
 
•    Anna Hayes
•    Buck Branson
•    Claudia Leon
•    Costanza Stein Mollard
•    Diana Smith
•    Donna Kuker
•    Gail Aboudara
•    Holly Ward
•    Jack Lampert
•    Jane Ann Riley
•    Janet Hoover
•    Joe Hayes
•    Katherine Hankey
•    Lauranine Arkfeld
•    Linda Redman
•    Lois Alexander
•    Marilyne Tron
•    Mary O’Leary
•    Muriel Toedtemeier
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Naoma Foreman
•    Patricia Laplante Collins
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Rob Mandel
•    Roger Foreman
•    Tiffany Arness
•    Yael Ménassé Friedberg
•    Plus others who did not sign in!

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