Gulliver’s Giants

You know how it is when you give birth to an innocent dewdrop of a baby, and everyone else’s kids suddenly become gargantuan monstrosities that revile and disgust no less than the giants in Gulliver’s Travels?

Well, my sister came to stay with us with her petit chou (little cabbage) of a newborn and managed to still love my children. Somehow even her husband managed to still love them. too

They played with them, hugged them, talked to them for hours and hours (and hours) on end …

Well – they tried to talk to them, but some of them, ahem (no matter how many times you repeated yourself), could not get it into their gargantuan monstrosity of a small head that their auntie and uncle didn’t speak French. This challenge coming over jetlagged, weary, sleep-deprived brains. My poor, poor sister.

You’re cute. But I have no idea what you’re saying.


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I am the daughter of a symphony musician who was raised in upstate New York, and I simply breathe all things classical, be it music or 19th century literature (English and Russian). I married Sir Renaissance in New York City, and before I knew it, he had swept me up and brought me back home to his own country. So here we are. Three children, a rather ordinary life in a rather exceptional place. I am now ‘A Lady in France.’

Posted in Family, France, French Words, La Famille (The Family), Tout le Reste (Everything else), Vocabulary
16 comments on “Gulliver’s Giants
  1. Oh my word, adorable! xo

  2. Lia says:

    petit prince is indeed very cute. But what about pictures of Stephanie and petit chou? :)

  3. anna see says:

    Oh my gosh! I could watch him tell me a story all day! Alors!

  4. Alison says:

    He’s such a good storyteller! It’s about a duck and a prince right? (no idea, just a stab in the dark)

  5. Andrea says:

    That is the cutest thing I’ve seen all day. I would encourage him to go on and on; it’s full-on immersion learning,petit prince style.

  6. Sissi says:

    Future entomologist/army captain? What an imagination!!!

  7. Love.


    And I want those pajamas.


  8. Mom says:

    Well I caught the “avec” and “alors” but not much else. But I could have guessed he was talking about dragons.

  9. Treese says:

    I thought the kids were going to be BILINGUAL ! ha ha!

  10. Haaaaa. Cute.

    I think he’s speaking Russian! Xx

  11. Carole says:

    Honestly, is there anything cuter than little ones speaking French? Wish my accent was as good as his!

  12. Jackie says:

    It’s even more adorable because I have no idea what he’s saying.

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