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A little boy saved my life. [20060603|14:43]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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It's the sort of bright, clear day that makes tourists walking around London exclaim, "The weather here is wonderful! I don't understand why they say it's always bad," while the natives roll their eyes behind their newspapers and think, "Try being here in November. Or February. Scratch that, try being here the other 360 days of the year."

I sat perched precariously on the railings of the pub next to the replica of the Golden Hinde, enjoying the breeze coming off the Thames and the view of the north bank. Unthinkingly, I played a little game with my balance, letting go of the upper bar with my feet wrapped around one of the lower ones, spreading my arms and leaning back as far as I could go with my eyes closed. An urgent high-pitched voice broke through my envelope of inner contentment. I turned to look into the upturned and anxious face of a three-year-old French boy wearing an orange t-shirt and fisherman's hat.

His mother winked at me and said, in English, "Oh no, Louis, I don't think the girl is going to fall off."

"Oui! Oui!" he said, becoming more agitated.

I extricated myself from the railings and hopped down, exaggerating my movements and sighing with relief. He broke into a smile and looked up at his mother, pointing at me and proclaiming something proudly.

"Yes, Louis, now the girl is safe. Good job."

With a mightily pleased expression, the little health and safety officer puffed out his chest and trotted on his way.

(I climbed onto the railings again once his back was turned. I am a bad citizen.)
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[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2006-06-03 14:13 (UTC)
How cute !
I had my jacket on when I came out this morning, expecting the weather to be like it was the rest of the week. What was I thinking ?!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-03 17:43 (UTC)
I did the same thing. I looked at the weather forecast, thought, "Oh, it's better to be prepared," donned my long coat and then had to carry it around most of the day. Bah!
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[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2006-06-04 14:11 (UTC)
I did that with my tweed jacket. The thing itches when you carry it rather than wear it !
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2006-06-03 14:47 (UTC)
Three years old and already saving the lives of beautiful women? This little French boy's life is set. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-03 17:48 (UTC)
I think this is what 3_nic must have been like when he was a wee lad. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: 3_nic
2006-06-05 10:53 (UTC)
Oh, no, he beats me by 20 years, at the very least :)
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[User Picture]From: cataragon
2006-06-03 17:15 (UTC)
Heh, you're still a 'girl' :-)

I've been totally upgraded to 'nice lady' in the last couple of years, which is a bit of a disconcerting change...

C.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-03 17:51 (UTC)
Heh. Sometimes I'm a 'girl,' sometimes a 'nice lady.' I know what you mean though. It was weird the first time someone (a teenager who could tell I wasn't) called me "ma'am" instead of "miss." ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-03 17:51 (UTC)
P.S. I keep using winky-smilies. Clearly I have spent all day outside a pub drinking Pimms and lemonade.
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[User Picture]From: cataragon
2006-06-03 18:20 (UTC)
Damn, I'd just assumed you were flirting with me...
;-P

(Clearly I have just spent 8 hours drinking Japanese plum wine)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-03 18:39 (UTC)
Oh, you can assume that too! (Er, Dan isn't reading this is he? ;-D)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-05 14:48 (UTC)
Man. I think he might have overstepped the boundary between concerned and outright pushy. A person less kind than you might not have put a stop to his interventions without being confrontational. :-P
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From: ripperlyn
2006-06-03 21:55 (UTC)
That is so, so, so, so cute. Oh my god.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-05 07:56 (UTC)
Ridiculously cute. Did I mention that his fisherman's hat was orange too? And his trainers? His denim shorts were blue but other than that, it was orange all the way.
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From: ripperlyn
2006-06-05 08:34 (UTC)
OH MY GOD.

CUTE.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2006-06-04 08:03 (UTC)
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, that little boy could have been ThePuppy. He continually watches out for strangers. As in, he makes sure everyone around him is safe.

His mum was able to share a wink w/ a stranger over the cuteness & thoughtfulness of her wee boy, & he was made to feel important & useful; you did a good thing, sweets. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-05 08:13 (UTC)
I thought of ThePup when I saw him! He had a similarly expressive face, the curly hair and the clear blue eyes.
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From: tdj
2006-06-05 05:47 (UTC)
A young fellow passing me by while waiting for a train told his father, "He's on the yellow line!"

I turned and told him, "Yes. Don't ever do what I'm doing."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-05 07:55 (UTC)
I don't think either of us should become parents.
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From: tdj
2006-06-05 16:42 (UTC)
In my case at least, you ain't just whistlin' Dixie, sister.
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From: ex_shadow_mo399
2006-06-05 14:24 (UTC)
I seem to spend a lot of time saying that... i (supposedly) give advice to young teens and they are forever asking what i did at their age/what i would do now etc. I give an awful lot of 'hypothetical' answers. Or lie.

"Do as i say, not as i do." But if you do, don't get found out.
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From: tdj
2006-06-05 16:43 (UTC)
No, no! Me now is a passably acceptable role model, but for God's sake, don't do what I did then.
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