But I’m worried.
Being Sunday the boulangerie might shut down before my writing does and I’ll miss out on one of its delectable patisseries.
I consider going out in my loose pyjamas but something Sarah Turnbull said in Nearly French makes me reconsider. She wrote that she was about to pop down to the boulangerie in her tracky-dacs for the morning baguette and her french boyfriend was horrified.
‘That’s so selfish,’ he said.
‘How is that selfish?’ she asked. I was wondering the same thing.
‘Because people have to look at you.’
It took me a moment to get my head around that french perspective – that if I don’t make an effort to look nice it’s the people who see me who will suffer for it.
So not owning a pair of loose pyjamas like Billie Dove‘s I get dressed. I even apply a little blusher. I go two doors down to the boulangerie.
I walk in the door and see straight away that something terrible has happened. Madame, a little coiffeured ball of energy, is throwing her hands about, shaking her head and talking as loud and as fast as an auctioneer. She has an audience of two.
They turn to look at me. I must be fascinating because no one looks away and although Madame slows down she doesn’t stop talking. I wonder if they’re admiring my blusher.
‘Bonjour,’ I say to break the spell.
‘Bonjour,’ they chorus and Madame revs up again. One woman backs away and disappears out of the door. The other points towards a pear tart and tries to speak. Madame’s hands and tongue are in full flight again.
I catch odd words and phrases. Read the sign language. This is what I think horrified Madame.
An architect and holder of many official titles in the village has been driving recklessly around the streets. His car has turned corners on two wheels. Mounted steps of the houses that line the streets. What if there were children going to school! What if his car toppled over the ramparts!
Today he stopped in front of her shop. She ran out to confront him. She told us, me included now, what she said to him. I didn’t catch what she said but there was no mistaking the ferocity in which she spoke to him. His reply obviously enraged her and set the tremble in her voice.
He didn’t remember doing any of that. I wonder if one of the official titles I missed was parliamentary representative.
Finally she serves the customer who has been cut off from asking for the pear tart five times.The woman puts the money on the counter and doesn’t wait for the receipt.
I buy a sugar brioche and Madame repeats what she told the others. I shake my head like I know exactly what she is saying. As if I am one of them.
At home I start to write. Time moves somewhere else and takes my patisserie with it. It’s already lunch time when it comes back to find me. My writing is loose and casual, even though I’m respectably dressed and wearing blusher. I’ve filled page after page after page.
A good writing day!