Chez Madeleine

Saturday, September 23, 2006

please say "ici"

creme brulee

On my first day of French class in 1992, I learned how to speak French within the first five minutes. I had started 7th grade in a new school, in a new state, and so most of my classmates had taken French in 6th grade, too. Our teacher, who was skinny with tortoise shell glasses on a beaded chain, began to call our names for roll. Immediately, students started saying, with unwavering confidence, "Ici". I looked around the room at the aliens--how did they know how to say this and what exactly were they saying?? Panic ensued as my name approached. Mon dieu, I was glad not to be named "Adams". It sounded like "eee-cee" but then some students were saying "weeee". I was convinced that there was a conspiracy-some summer reading I had missed, when I heard her say "Sarah" and then, in my first leap into the language I would grow to love more than my own, I said "eee-ceeeee". And she was onto the next name without a moment's pause. I had fooled everyone into thinking that I knew what I was doing.

So, today, in honor of that first day of French class, I am taking roll. Having a much more extensive knowledge of French than I do of blogging, or counting, I am asking you to identify yourself in the comments section of my blog by first name, age, and location. If you're one of my many secret stalkers, and you don't wish to be identified by name, just make up a name, but please don't abstain from posting or I'll find out and my computer programmer boyfriend will track down your ip address and make you pay for not giving me an accurate count of my loyal readership.

Also, no matter when you're reading this-even if its a few weeks from today (September 23rd), please comply.

Merci Beaucoup! And just to inspire you, a shot of the creme brulee I made for one boy in particular about a year ago...ladies-let me tell you, give a man a torch, and he'll be willing to walk through fire for you...

14 Comments:

Anonymous Dad said...

Sacre bleu.....
I have spawned a francophile!
Quick, how does a frenchman say "charge!

Surrender to the rear....

Ha ha ... love to see your thoughts laid expressively upon our door....love ya ...dad

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Becky-27 (until last week I thought I was 26....Keith reminded me! Ouch!) Venice

9:20 AM  
Anonymous madi said...

madi (this week, St Andrews, UK... la semaine prochaine a Strasbourg, France)
p.s. am i your computer programmer boyfriend too?

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aimee! 26! Pittsburgh, PA! Go Stillers!!

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Tahmida said...

27, Atlanta, GA
I tried French classes for 1 year when I was 13. Met a boy there who convinced me to skip classes with him. We never actually learned anything... what can I say, it was the foolishness of first love...

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ici! Kate, 25, Atlanta... SLP friend & 4th Ward neighbor

10:50 PM  
Blogger Kristin Gelder said...

Kristin, 26, Sixth Floor Walk-Up, West Village, New York

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ici! Amaree, 26, Los Angeles!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 27 years old, and my name is Chuck Vindaloo, I love your blog.

actually that is not my name, but you could figure that out. I'll leave it to you to figure out who this is! :)

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennifer --26 (for a few more days at least) -- Atlanta, GA but originally a NYC girl :)

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christianne 24, Bradenton, FL
I check the blog everyday, and jump when there's a new entry.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Ici! Michelle, 29 yrs old soon to be 30, Atlanta GA.

Always look forward to reading your blogs.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 28, Atlanta, GA by way of Snellville(sorry this isn't Diana DiGarmo..., but my mom saw her at Publix once!)

Any chance we can see a recipe for Vienetta. I can't find it anywhere.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Karen C said...

I am Karen from upstairs @ your work. But the Karen that you may not know!

Love your blog! Just started reading it last week. Started @ the beginning and have worked my way to this one. I'll get current one day!

I took 6 years of French in school. For 2 years I had a perfect 100! And I can't speak a word of it today! Isn't that weird? My goal is to go back to Paris ( I went in 2003) and learn from the masters! :)

6:37 PM  

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