Being married to a Frenchman is a wonderful and beautiful thing. Well, except for the fact that Frenchmen are in many ways just like all the other men in the world. I think it is best if I don’t get into the whole I man, you woman thing for now though. However, I would like to talk about some of the cultural things.
My husband and I have arguements over little stupid things which cause some of the biggest and nastiest word slinging fights. Just an hour ago it was over donuts. My mother had gotten my kids powdered donuts for breakfast. The kids have never had donuts even if you can find them in France. We just never bought them.
Vilay got all upset because I gave them pastry in the morning. Last time I checked a pain au chocolate is a pastry. Yet, the kids would at times have a pain au chocolate in the morning for breakfast. Guess who gave it to them? You should be surprised to know it was the pastry policeman himself. Somehow giving them a French pastry for breakfast isn’t as bad as giving them an American pastry. I don’t get it. I told him so. So, then he goes into the whole Americans are fat and this is why thing.
Everyone with half a brain knows that Americans aren’t fat from eating a few tiny powdered donuts for breakfast every great now and then any more than eating a pain au chocolate on occasion will make a French fat. It is because of eating fast and processed foods combined with snacking on things like chips and cookies instead of apples and bananas that makes people heavy. The sad thing is that in spite of all the fat American jokes I heard while living in France, the French waistlines are growing larger by the year due to the same bad eating habits and fast food lovin’ that Americans are accused of.
I recently saw a report about Americans while still living in France. It talked about the fact that Americans have learned their lesson in regard to healthy eating. Americans are starting to become healthy, again. Yes, AGAIN. Americans weren’t always fat. It took only about 10 years of bad eating habits to get a whole country to tip the scales. If France doesn’t watch it it may not even take 10 years. I saw it in the fast food restaurants and in the grocery stores. France is picking up the same bad eating habits that put Americans in a crisis. Why would they use one hand to point fingers at Americans while grabbing a Big Mac with their other hand?
My husband is a good example. He loves to eat at McDonalds. Yet, when Vilay would see a heavy person while walking in Strasbourg he would often say it was an American tourist. Many times he was right. Somehow over just a few years time the tables turned and Vilay could be seen with his foot in his mouth more often than not due to a funny little technicallity. The funny thing was that those American tourist were starting to sound awfully French.
By the way, my kids loved the powdered donuts.