Feb 5, Paris
Dear French People Everywhere:
How is it that the country responsible for the inventors of the internal combustion engine and the submarine is not able find someone to install a dryer which actually dries clothes?
Also, if I may burden you once more, why, if it’s not OK to look a stranger in the eye on the subway or the sidewalk, is it perfectly reasonable for your elderly French neighbor (whom you’ve never met) to ring your doorbell at 8am and ask to borrow your phone?
Waiting in Apartment 4,
Madame Kravitz (not her real name) lives in the apartment next to us. She’s rung the doorbell three times already today. I am currently sequestered and refusing to answer her pleas even though there is zero chance she doesn’t know I’m here since the floors in this apartment scream when I make the slightest gesture. She scares me. Not in the “ooh, you’re going to do something bad to me” way. More in the “why in the name of Pete are you ringing my doorbell all day” way.
David goes to French class every weekday and although I know he likes it, he’s entered that paradigm where he can no longer communicate in any language. It is brain overload and I commend him for reaching this plateau so early in his studies. When my sister and I studied here, we didn’t go all Hellen Keller on each other until week two. (Remember, Joan?)
À la prochaine!