We’ve done lots of things since I last updated you. It seems that the closer the end of the stage comes, the more there is to do.
Last week, I convinced a small number of students to play pétanque with me. This is a game not unlike Bocce, if you have played that. The idea is that you toss out a small ball as a target. Then you throw larger balls to see who can get as close as possible to a target that can move. It sounds simple, but there is so much strategy that it has captured the imagination of Europe for over two thousand years. Pétanque is the unique version of the game and the most practiced in the world.
Friday, we went bowling with our French families. That was an amazing adventure that brought us all closer. Just saying, but I was the best of the American bowlers with a 124. Okay, my average in the US is 182, but I didn’t have my own shoes or my own bowling balls. I haven’t bowled with house shoes and a house ball in 15 years! Stephanie, Sofia‘s mom had the high score. I don’t even want to talk about it anymore…
It was really fun. We are really glad we did it. The students learned that some words in bowling are the same; strike, spare (with a French accent obviously), but others are different. The lane is a “piste” and the balls are “les boules”. Our French group didn’t know the word for “frame” but I’m sure it exists for serious bowlers.
It’s kind of strange how a sport so uniquely American, which has a great popularity in France, could bring us all so close. We find that the cultural gaps are not so wide as the students may have thought at first. But as one student said to me (in French certainly), “This was really fun. I just wish they talked a little bit slower when they get excited. I didn’t understand half of what they said. But it was vraiment cool!” That’s high praise in anybody’s book.
I’m going to make a separate post for Monday’s July 4 celebration so the posts don’t get too long.
(P.S. I did “senior portraits” today (Wednesday, July 6) of Ashley and Grant. Tomorrow, I will photograph Karlee and Maggy. If any other parents would like portraits of their kids in Brest, please post a comment to this post.)
|Sofia gets the hang of it.|
|But her French little brother Pablo is a pro.|
|Great form Emma!|
|Sammy didn't fall, but what is he doing?|
|Bffs (mma, in French - actually I made that up)|
|Great form Geoff! (Shh! not really)|
|She was a princess in another life.|
|French descriptions of food and drink are hard to understand,|
|Chloé has probably had the "camera smile" since she |
was very little.
|Diego celebrates a gutter ball.|
|"hey, what can I say?"|
|Why is no one paying attention to Audrey? She's|
gesturing and everything.
|Sometimes, I think Bruno tries to confuse the American|
kids on purpose!
|That's my girl!|
|All in a day's work.|
|"I got this!"|
|Maggy picked up a single-pin spare!|
|This isn't a pose. She sits like this|
all the time, really. (not so much)
|Pablo has this crazy idea that Jake is cool!|
|Audrey really is cool, and all the little French girls know it.|
|Although it may appear differently, Geoff is NOT proposing|
|Geoff also has a "camera smile."|