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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Jean-Marc Espinasse

I am reading, Miss "Couger"...

John

Surely your daughter asked for "pointure trente-huit", not "taille." :-)

Laurie Mills

Salut! I enjoy reading all of your posts, but this has to be my favorite. Too funny and seems like something I would do (and of course my daughter would be totally embarrassed). Although, I'm not sure I would be brave enough to take a picture. But if I didn't, I'm sure I would regret it.

David Simmons

"Helicopter parent" is the current comparable term here in the USA, and note it's not confined to mothers....

Tim Averill

This is totally hilarious and what a funny way to wake up this morning. Thanks for the great entertainment. Hope to see you in 2015!

Laura

Super story! And well told! I can really feel with you :-)

24/7 in France

Well, if you're not still "looking," you're dead :)

Rebecca Q T in Baltimore

Oh no!!!! When I read the final line I had to put down my phone to recover from sympathetic mortification! What a great story. Don't worry too much--he is surely used to that sort of thing by now. And think of it this way--next time your sister is in town, you will probably want to take her to, you know, try on some shoes--so maybe it wasn't a slip after all?

Susan

LOL! Great story …and I understand. Of course, you want to go back with your sisters to make sure the boy is fine…all in that motherly hen sort of way! ha! Well, he certainly is attractive! So you bought the shoes?

Tracie Corbett

No pix of the shoes? Him holding the shoes would have been a good photo :)

Cyndy

I love it! And he's hot!!!!!!!

Eileen deCamp

Cute story today Kristin! You didn't mention what Jackie thought of him? He is adorable!

Katia

Fantastic story!!! Thank you for the morning chuckle! And really, Jackie may have been embarrassed at the time, but will always have the memory of how fun her mom can be. :)

Dreamer

I bet he's great with home repairs and playing with little children too ;-)

Mim   (Richmond, VA, USA)

Ditto on all the comments made about how fun this post is. I laughed out loud. Thanks for giving me a smile and a laugh this very cold morning (-11C)

Cynthia Gillespie-Smith

Kristi, I LOVED your funny story -- what a laugh I got! Wish I weren't so far from Centre Mayol so I could pop in an see this adorable "James Dean" of Toulon. Your writing and your photos just get better and better. So happy you're out there bringing sunshine to your readers!

Jeanne in Oregon

I had to laugh at your post today. Now past my mid-60s, I can get away with telling young men they are handsome and no one blinks an eye. I get hugs and have my picture taken with some of the most gorgeous men I have ever seen. There's something wonderful to be said about getting old.

Joanne

Did you buy the shoes??????

Pamela Blair

In that leather jacket, he's a real Rebel Without a Cause. --And there's nothing wrong with looking (and wishing)--I still do, at 72!

Roseann

And, how, Kristen, did you ask him to take at least 2 photos? Was it when Jackie was trying on those hi-tops? Who was more embarrassed-you or Jackie?

And I want to see that happy space between his two front teeth. Couldn't you get a smile from him?

Chris Allin

Jean-Marc is funny.....made me laugh!

gerry o.

Are you still blushing? Great story, and I would venture a guess that your daughter was mortified.

Jeanne

Um, where did you say that boutique is located?

Karen from Phoenix

HA HA Jean Marc's comment. What a fun and great story. Yes we are braver as we get older aren't we. I think it is great to compliment someone no matter what age!

Nancy, San Antonio, Texas

Well, we all had our teenage crushes. Not often we bump into one in real life. Nice to know that young woman is still alive inside the Maman. Oui? Even though you are probably still a bit surprised. As always, thanks for the charming life story.

Michael Goodman

In the headline, "couger" is misspelled. Should read "cougar."

Jane

LOL; delightful story and comments...I'm only 85 and would've loved to be in your shoes...oh, your daughter's new ones!

maryka hoover

LOL! My husband has les dents de bonheur, i will tease him with that. Thanks for a great laugh!

Nyla Witmore

I will check back in a couple days to read what others have written. At a mature age we are often not willing to admit that we had experienced such flushes of exuberance... Good thing your daughter was WITH you.

Jackie

'The James Dean of Tunisia' does resemble your husband...

Judi, Lake Balboa, CA

Such a fun story! I was grinning and laughing the whole time. Hey! You might have discovered the next top male model! I'm going to have to ask my grown daughter if I ever flirted in front of her. I'm almost 70 and like another reader I've been known to say 'I might be old but I'm not dead !' Whatever can bring whimsical smiles to our face and heart, it is a good thing! Loved Jean-Marc's comment - too cute!

Jan  Hersh

Love the story with pictures! Found a typo - dread.
Chams-Eden must have been equally charmed by you and your beautiful daughter. Thanks for starting my morning with a smile.

Janet

Hilarious! When I see a handsome young man, I sometimes have to remind myself that I'm no longer 25... I'm now 58 and would be mortified, like you, to be caught flirting with one!

(As you know by now, you'll want to change "couger" to "cougar" in a couple of places, and "dred" to "dread.")

Brenda of SF

I read the "James Dean" story and had a great laugh. Jackie will overcome her "timidity" by learning from her Mom. Both of you are good sports. Is there a French expression for that?

Kathleen from Connecticut

I'm sure that Jackie was mortified..but hey...don't we older women (you are still young) still look at the gorgeous young men? The comment about being her sister was interesting.

Kathleen

Ginene

If I was waited on by that young man...I probably would have said, "My mother and I will be back." because I would have become so befuddled. He is movie star material. Wowie-zowie. I would think sales have improved since he started working there. Great story, I could really feel the experience. And with a French accent...yikes.
-Ginene

Beth

Hilarious! I laugh b/c I tend to say things that can be totally taken out of context. And it's usually my daughter that does the "cough" thing and then later tells me how humiliating that was!

Thanks for being so real - you feel like a friend I've known forever!

Bless you!
Beth

Gwyneth

Hmmm, I think a little trip to Toulon is in order! Really, what a funny story. I snickered in sympathy the entire time.

Michele

Sooooooooooooooo funny - but I can see why it happened. Has Jacqui got over the embarassement yet?!!!!!!!!!!

JOY WOOD

I LOVED THIS. I AM GUILTY OF THIS SAME KIND OF ADMIRATION. AT LEAST, ALL MY "LOVES" ARE MOVIE STARS OR TV ONES. NOT THE GUY NEXT DOOR. NOT A REAL PERSON. I JUMPED WHEN I SAW THAT PICTURE, I THOUGHT, I HOPE THAT IS NOT HER SON. HE IS SOOOOOOO PURDY, I LOVED JAMES DEAN TOO. I LOVE YOUR BLOGS OR WHATEVER I SHOULD CALL THEM. LOVE ALL THE PICTURES. FRANCE IS SO CHARMING, OKLAHOMA IS UGLY. JOY WOOD

Anne

True...the older we get , the "braver" we become...I've read that as we age we tend to loose those restricting inhibitions of youth and I'm sure that's right. I used to embarrass my daughters...but now I manage to embarrass my husband by just blurting out what I think (nothing bad though...just good stuff...like compliments) Anyway , loved today's post and that gorgeous boy !!(think i would be all aflutter in his presence too)...and I'm 75 !!

jan greene

The young people I work with would write OMG, Mom what are you doing? I would agree with other comments that whatever our age, 'we are not dead yet"! What a great way to start a totally snowy day on Cape Cod! Thank you!

Sarah LaBelle, near Chicago

So Jackie was entranced as well, overcoming her timid(it)y.

I really liked your opening line, Freudian slips on sale at the mall.

Silver high tops with studs on them, that gets me curious. Did she buy them?

Lee Armstrong

Awesome post! Super fun to read! He's adorable. Et vous avez acheté les baskets????????

Kay

Soooo cute.....!
(the story too)
I would have bought the entire store.....

Elly

You may have launched a career!

Natalia

Our dear Kristi,
Another wonderful post that filled us with smiles!
How gifted you are!
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love
Natalia XO

Francesca

The funniest, of course, is Jean Marc's comment :-).. How has he managed to be the first one to reply?

..and the boy certainly GOT IT..
.. the charm and innocence..

It's my 46 y.o. in me speaking.. :-)

Francesca

Oops! :-) 45 y.o. In me speaking. :-)
I forget my age; most days anyways.

Barbara P.

When I am no longer interested in admiring handsome men or eating ice cream, call the undertaker! I can appreciate beautiful people of either gender the way I can appreciate art or a beautiful starry sky. One of the joys of getting older is that one can get away with flirting with young men and they don't feel threatened. I get lots of hugs and smiles from younger men and have never received more compliments than when I let my hair revert to its natural white. I am almost 72 and I say "Older women rock". P.S.--I've noticed that many younger women don't know how to flirt; remember, girls, it's all about the man not you!

Jo Statham

Salut, Kristin! Nice to know your spark plugs are firing!

Dianne Tonge

Hilarious !!! I love your blog I too thought it was your son what a dish I would have not been able to speak !!!!

JoyB

I love the story. I'm glad I'm not the only one who crushes on men 20 years my junior. Relax, it's only a crush.

Jeanne Martinelli Engelkemeir

J'avais adoré le dernier ligne de ton conte!!! J'ai rigolé comme un bossu!! :) Chouette, comme toujours! Merci, Kristin (et Jackie!) :)

Jeanne Martinelli Engelkemeir

Opps, pardon, la dernière ligne. . . :)

LIlian

Hello Kristin, if you are in need of support, here it goes: he is perfect! Beautiful people, men or women,are delightful visions not to be ignored.

Sue Whelan

I loved the story, and kept looking for the "like" button while nodding my head after each comment (I'm obviously spending too much time on FB). When I lived in France, the constant delight that men and women took in acknowledging "la difference" between the sexes never seemed to me to belong only to the young. Au contraire! The French gift for mild flirtation at any age is intrinsic to la douçeur de la vie. It's part of the French atmosphere. You reacted in a normal French way to a normal French situation. It was only protestant American guilt, which we, alas, breathe in with all that fresh American air, that brought the "cougar" label to mind.

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