3WW prompts: amuse, excite, sincere
The voices in the hall expanded like air in a balloon.
“Bonjour, everyone, bonjour,” she announced to the parents and students waiting by her door. “My name is Madame Jolivette. I look forward to meeting each of you. Come in. Make yourselves at home.”
Madame’s arms gestured a sincere invitation as pupils and parents filed through the doorway. Faded posters of La Tour Eiffel, La Seine, and L’Arc de Triomphe paired with charts of conjugated verbs wallpapered the room. She sighed. This may be my last Open House. When I retire I’ll go to Paris and stroll along L’Avenue des Champs-Élysées…
A chubby boy wearing a collared shirt eyed the pastries on a sideboard. Madame raised her eyebrows and pursed her lips. Ah, croissants and éclairs never fail to excite them.
Parents and students mingled, munched French pastries, and chatted. Madame overheard.
“They say French is a dying language,” a father said.
“Not true. All international treaties are written in French,” piped another parent.
“Used to be. They’re written in English nowadays,” another argued.
“Why would the board approve this course, then?”
Mme. Jolivette interrupted, “I’m sure the answer will amuse you…Let me tell you a story…”
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I echo all the above….
although, a small french pastry might help me forget I’m interested in hearing more….
Haha…Thanks for your comment.
Great moment in time. And then!
…it becomes obsolete. Thanks for your comment.
Did you cheat us at the end! You set the scene and denied us the story. It is almost like not…..
Sorry for the cheat. Her story – a retiring teacher laments the loss of relevance for the content she teaches, a victim of the pundits who sway with windy politics. Unfortunately, it’s not always in the best interest of their constituents.
As for me, I’m finished standing on the soap box, for now…
I’d love to hear the story she’d tell. Great story.
Thanks, Sheilagh Lee.
This makes me want to read more,,,,,,,