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Top 10 Reasons I Love My French Girlfriends

3.  They’re super/hyper well-organized. (Jealousy enters into my admiration here.) Anne-Françoise, wife, mother of six, hostess extraordinaire, interior decorator, and proprietress of three homes, has often said she cannot survive without being highly organized; otherwise her life would be a nightmare. One of my favorite pastimes, in which she allows me to indulge, is to throw open her closets, cupboards, and, the most fun of all, her linen armoires. Everything is arranged—and beautifully labeled—bedroom-by-bedroom, bathroom-by-bathroom, all color-coordinated, with sachets nestled amongst the sheets and towels. Picture-perfect—literally—and smelling like a field of  fresh lavender.

4. They are frugal and generous. They spend wisely and give with generosity, be it of their time or with thoughtful gifts. Edith, for example, often discovers great little beauty products and buys one for herself and another for me. I do the same.

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  • Ange January 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I love my French girlfriends just as much and for the same reasons Tish. Wonderful post. I miss my friends all ovet the world. But after 17 years in France, regardless of the inconveniences I still find from time to time, I’d miss those ‘ripping open the bottle of bubbly’ sessions just a little too much to leave. Lovely post!

  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. January 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    The wonders of the Internet, Cheree, never cease to surprise. We do hope that you return to visit our site and share your comments again and again.

    We are thrilled to have our Parisian correspondent who shares her view of the differences between the American and French women. We may find over time, however, that American women have evolved since Tish last lived in her birth country. But, we do look forward to Tish’s amusing and intelligent observations about all things that are better with champagne!

    Dr. Pat

  • Cheree Cleghorn January 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Tish Jett disappeared from my life and now I know why! She was a friend in her newspaper days—a fabulous writer and a fabulous friend.
    Thank you for posting her work. She’s as terrific as ever.