Note to the Reader: Today’s guest bloggers are from the Bloglily Household. Since most of our household consists of children, you will not be wrong if you suspect this post was written by children. Indeed it was. Because it is Bastille Day, and two of the Bloglily boys attended French school for a long and memorable time, they honor today all they have learned to like and admire about France and the French.
I typed up pretty much what they told me, but had to cut them short on number 5 because they were starting to reenact some of the bloodier battles between France and England and things were getting out of hand. I also told them they could list food items if they had difficulty thinking of something to say, which they did at around eight and when they first got started.
Fourteen Things We Like About
France and the French
(fourteen because it is Bastille Day
Today, July Fourteenth)
1. Le Carambar. A candy that can be chocolaty, sour, fruity, caramely but always tasty.
2. Weird French food. Snails and things like that. We don’t like to eat snails. We like to say escargot because it sounds good.
3. Le Tour Eiffel. If you drop a penny off it and it hits someone it will kill them.
4. French swear words sound better than English swear words. They really SOUND like swear words.
5. Histoire. There were all kinds of awesome battles in France. Bloody stuff. When they chopped off Marie Antoinette’s head. The Hundred Years War was also awesome. Some of the losses of the French were sort of funny. In one of the battles, their horses turned around and got shot in the rear by English arrows. Another one was when their men were walking down a path, a narrow path, and all of a sudden the English came out of the bushes and started killing the French. The French had some of the worst times in wars, except for when the Russians quit World War I. Another interesting fact about the French is that they were in most of the important wars. They did pretty well in World War I. In World War II, they got whooped.
6. French people are strict, but that’s not awesome. They let their kids pretty much do anything, as long as they behave well. That’s awesome.
7. The French are really good at football. They got very far in the WorldCup. The Italians called Zidane a terrorist because they are jerks.
8. Nice is beautiful and the water is crystal clear so you can see right through it.
9. French cheese
12. Fois gras (their dad chimed in here)
13. Fifth grade French teacher Philippe was very good about telling us history.
14. Fourth grade French teacher Francoase (editor’s note: she really spelled it like that; she liked phonetics) because she was very good about telling us history.
Happy Bastille Day From the Bloglily Household where France is held in high esteem for its food, good swear words and the many bloody battles it fought and, mostly, lost.
if you would like to chime in with other reasons to love France and the French, please… feel free.