Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Aunt Polly

It's such fun to appear to travel in the fast lane -- writing about living the woo-hoo single-again femme-fatale life in Paris. So glamorous, so wow-wish-I-could-do-that. I do try to keep up appearances.

Then. I've been "outed," in a way, as being an "Aunt Polly." AUNT Polly! Sounds like I should be flipping griddlecakes in my gingham apron. Serving up steaming wedges of flaky-fresh blueberry pie à la mode. Yikes. So un-Parisienne! But nepotism being what it is, I proudly salute Molly-Vous Français and her charming consort Monsieur Beiderbecke Affair, and have added them to my links. Molly-Vous isn't a mere niece; she was my first shot at substitute parenting before I married and became a mother myself.

I craved motherhood in my twenties, and so offered to babysit and take her for wacky jaunts into town. Of course, I would have done so under any circumstances, such a charming toddler was she. At age three Molly-Vous scooted around Boston with me, proudly mugging for photo-booth photos with her new deely-boppers, much to her delight and to her grandmother's dismay. She bravely took field trips at an early age in my extremely rusted and unsafe, but much beloved and way-cool antique 1961 Mercedes (the first car I ever owned) when she was a wee lass in the 1980s. She didn't snitch and tell her mom that the seat belts didn't function.

Molly is now about the same age I was when I took her on those first field trips. But that's as far as the auntly influence goes. She is far a better writer than I. Check out her blog, All School Chorus, and I'm sure you'll agree. It offers much literary promise, as does the well-established Beiderbecke Affair.

I, the Unemployed Ancient One, have more free time to ramble on, unedited, in my posts. They, the Writing-Degree-Bearing/Worker-Bee Bloggers, put me to shame.

But fambly is fambly.


Going Like Sixty said...

Enjoyed reading this. Surely will check her blog.
Loved fambly is fambly. LOL.

Anonymous said...

So many bloggers in the family! I'm proud of you all!

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Thanks SVF and GLS-- I like to write good, so can anyone tell me the female equivalent of "avuncular"? "Auntly" was such a lame adjective.

Anonymous said...

It's fun being an honorary Auntie, isn't it? I love my "extra" nieces and nephews (my best friend's four kids) as much as my sister's son and daughter and love being "cool Aunt Lisa, the one who now lives in PARIS" to all six of them. I figure that I give them an alternative view of what life can be once you step outside suburbia.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Well, I'm a real Aunt Polly, actually, and proud of it.

It's just that the monniker kind of blows my pseudo-glamorous Polly-Vous Francais image. Tant pis.

Hmm. Maybe I should be called Tante P.

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