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Top 10 Reasons I Love My French Girlfriends

5. They know how to relativize problems. (It appears that “relativize” is not a word, but I make up words all the time, and I think this works nicely.) My theory is that they come from an old culture, and thus realize that there is only so much one human being can control in this life: A problem is a problem, not the end of the world. That’s the ying and yang of things. Deal with the tough situation as best you can—there will be more, it’s normal, but there will also be joy and pleasure that we can control. Move on. Nobody promised us a rose garden 365 days of the year.

6. Once a friend, always a friend. Frenchwomen share their secrets—from beauty creams, hair stylists, and dermatologists to their heartaches, joy, and depressions.

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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.