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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Favorites -- Our Collection of Pierres

On this glorious July Sunday, I am most grateful to be able to pull a post out of a hat (well, out of my archives), and participate in Sunday Favorites, a blog party hosted by Chari of Happy To Design.

Click on the logo, above, for more summer reruns!

So, without further "adieu" (a little French humor there), my post from April 6, 2009 --
about the genial invasion of That Old House by three charming young Frenchmen.


Background: In 2007, my daughter Alida studied at the University of Edinburgh.
She met lots of people . . . including the Pierres.


To introduce today's offering from That Old House, here is a brief dialogue for
Two Women and Their Cell Phones:

Alida (at home in California): Ma? You remember those two French guys I was friends with in Scotland? The Pierres?
Me (at home in New Jersey): I think so. . . .
Alida: I traveled around the Highlands with them?
Me (suddenly recalling sleep-robbing nightmare visions of teensy rental car packed with 20-somethings plunging off treacherous rural Highland roads in blinding mountain blizzards): Ah. Yes, now I remember.
Alida: Well, they're coming to New York in November, that first weekend, and I kind of told them that they could stay at our house. (short pause) I'll be home that weekend, too.
Me: You will be home for your cousin Maggie's wedding.
Alida: Ummm...yeah. Is that a problem?
Me (realizing that 22 is the new 8): Well. . . .
Alida: Oh! And they'll have another guy with them. Guess what his name is?
Me (taking a wild stab): Pierre?
Alida: Yeah. (short pause) Pretty funny, huh?

And so, Our Pierre Collection, or: A Tale of Three Pierres . . .

The Three Pierres were a big hit at Maggie's wedding:

Left to right, New Pierre, Tall Pierre, Alida, and Pierre Pierre.
(How else does one tell one's Pierres apart?)

My gracious sister invited our out-of-town guests to Maggie & Garrett's wedding.
They had a blast; weddings in the USA are apparently quite different
from weddings in France. We have way more food. The Pierres ate themselves silly.

After discovering that the three under-dressed guys who talked funny were not gate-crashers,
the other guests were quite taken with The Three Pierres.

Alida became "that girl who brought three dates."

(Pithy social commentary, from Tall Pierre, on marriage:
"This being with one woman for the rest of your life -- I do not see it, unless you are very sick and will be soon dead.")

The Morning After, the Three Pierres made crepes for us at That Old House:

Let me tell you, Frenchmen make wicked good crepes:

We ate the crepes, French style, with a slathering of butter, a light sprinking of sugar,
and a good big squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Try it. . . you will like it!

These are not just any Three Pierres, not your common garden variety sort of charming French fellows. They are graduate students in Civil Engineering, studying last fall in South America, and together had just won an international prize for some sort of something-or-other involving ... cement. Or concrete. I can't remember which is the right term.

We were sad to see them go. Who knows what else they might have cooked?

Goodbye, Tall Pierre, New Pierre, and Pierre Pierre!

My niece Grace, bride Maggie's 20-year old sister, will be studying in Paris next fall at the Sorbonne. Tall Pierre lives in a houseboat on the Seine. I casually suggested to my sister, Grace's mom, that Alida give Tall Pierre's cell phone number to Grace, so she would have someone in Paris whom she knows.

"Ummm... Tall Pierre?," said my sister. "And Grace? Umm... no. No. No."

But cousin Maggie and her three sisters all say that every girl should have Three Pierres at her wedding.

I hope you got a kick out of my Three or More Tuesday story. That Old House is quite miffed that she is not the subject of today's post, but I told her that she can't always be the star.

And after all, how many ladies of her age have three Frenchmen spend the night with her? All on the same night? Oooo lah lah! -- Cass


  1. Cute story. The three Pierres are just as cute as a button. Your daughter looks like she had a ball. Hugs, Marty

  2. I do remember this post and the 3 Pierres. Too fun.

  3. Love the story. Tall Pierre sounds like he intends to be a bachelor.:)

  4. Loved it Cass! The more the merrier! Pierres" that is!

  5. Very entertaining story. Thank you for sharing. It was fun!

  6. Such a cute story thank for re-sharing it!


  7. What a fun story ... everyone is having a marvelous time. What a beautiful daughter. TTFN ~Marydon

  8. Love the story. That was a FUN read. Didn't happen to get them to divulge any recipe or secrets about crepes, did you?
    Enjoyed your post!

  9. Oh, I remember this so well. Amazing that there would be 3 of them! Such a cute story. laurie

  10. I do have to say I loved reading the three Pierres story! Oh and the crepes! Oh, my daughters are married, oh, no one just got divorced a few weeks ago. Sad! I remembered! OK back to your story, I know your daughter had a blast and sounds like you did too! Thanks about the comments on my old house, its near 100 years and counting. I can't wait to do some full snapshots of it. I just tore out a window, let my old mirror mantle fall. I could not hold it, its OK , but not the little lamp. lol Fun Fun story!

  11. Hi Cass...

    Just wanted to come by to say thank you for joining in with Sunday Favorites...what a GRAND post, my friend!!!

    Ohhh Girl, I just laughed and laughed...I mean...what are the chances of having three Pierre's in your home all at the same time??? Well, they certainly were all cute young men...I say they were pretty lucky to have such a beautiful friend in your daughter Alida and that Alida has such nice folks to have them all stay at "That Old House"!!! What a lovely and fun experience!!! I was totally captivated by your are quite a talented writer, my friend!!!

    Well...with all of that said...I must share an similar story! My youngest daughter Jenni has a few Pierre's...I mean Jasons! We tease her all the time about when she was 16 yrs. old and dating Jason! Jason #1, Jason #2, Jason #3, and yes...even Jason #4! Jenni dated four different boys but with all the same name...JASON! It was really so funny and we always teased her because she had a key chain with the name "Jason" on it...said that she was too cheap to invest in a new key chain...instead she just kept finding boys with the name of Jason to date! Hehehe! She is married a man named David...thank God!!! Hehe!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!

  12. Thank you so much for this sweet story.:o) Happy week to you and your family.



  13. Looks like a fun time was had by all! What a good looking family!!



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