Bear is Sociable

To quote Victor Meldrew, “I don’t believe it!”

Yesterday, Bear was jovial, polite and sociable. All day.

It started on Friday when we had just finished lunch at La Fontaine and heard English voices. A couple of holidaymakers were  having a bit of difficulty with their order so I intervened and helped translate their request.

They were really lovely people, the sort you feel at ease with straight away and before I knew it Bear was in conversation with them and had offered to buy them a drink. We sat down at their table and chatted like old friends.

When their meal arrived we were aware of the typical ‘English reaction’ of all concerned. In France, if someone calls at mealtime no-one turns a hair. They pull up an extra chair, find a glass, pour out some wine and everyone continues to eat happily while the newcomers join in  the conversation. We find we are not alone in feeling slightly uncomfortable in this situation and  our new friends appeared reluctant to tuck in.

It was time to drink up and take our leave but not before we had made plans to meet up the next day. We would go and collect them from the camp site where their motorhome was installed and bring them to have lunch at our local eatery.

We set off at quarter past eleven but Bear, who is usually a stickler for punctuality, took the ‘long way round’ (otherwise known as getting lost) and we were nearly ten minutes late. Never mind, they were still waiting at the gates and off we went.

Once again, Bear took ‘the scenic route’ and drove back via Nouzonville – a good half an hour’s detour! We parked at ‘Les Compagnons de la Route’ and enjoyed an excellent lunch with plenty of interesting conversation before bringing our new friends home for an extremely pleasant afternoon. In fact, we invited them to stay and eat with us in the evening – just a simple salad – and they readily agreed.

Bear was on his ‘best behaviour’ and even offered to help. This took me by surprise but I managed to suppress the desire to laugh in amazement. I wasn’t sure what to say. If I asked him to do something it would be more trouble than it was worth. He doesn’t know where anything is and if he did manage to locate something he wouldn’t know how it worked.

Anyway, I didn’t want to discourage him so I suggested he offered our guests a drink. He disappeared for ages and when I went to find him he was in the bedroom phoning his daughter!

This was the only small ‘glitch’ in an otherwise lovely day. We delivered our friends at the gates of the campsite  just after 9 and only minutes before the grille was closed for the night.

Needless to say, we have exchanged addresses and will keep in touch. Apart from being such a lovely couple they have a remarkably beneficial effect on Bear!


6 Responses to “Bear is Sociable”

  1. Little old me Says:

    OK own up, what did you put in his breakfast?

    As far as I know his Rice Krispies weren’t spiked with anything.

  2. Zuleme Says:

    Hi Sandy,
    Sounds like a nice day. Yes, all cats and kittens are neutured or spayed before they are adopted out. Mom and Dad Cheddar will for sure be kept together as a bonded pair. But chances are not that great for someone to come along and have room for seven cats. Though woulnd’t it be lovely?

    Well, we have six cats so one more wouldn’t be so different. There could be problems for a one-cat household if a family of seven arrived. It would be pretty traumatic for the original resident! You really need to hope for someone who has no cats at present but is willing and able to take them all on. I would really love to have all of them but, apart from the impossibility of transport, doubling our feline family would put a big strain on the budget – not just for food but all the vet’s bills etc.

  3. Keith Says:

    “. .Bear was jovial, polite and sociable. . ” Yes, he was to me on the phone when I rang a few weeks ago. . . .

    What a nice man.

    I’m so sorry you had to put up with that Keith. Now you know why when Bear has a ‘good day’ it makes news!!

  4. tillylil Says:

    Bet it won’t last!

    You’re right Tracey, it hasn’t!

  5. canisfamiliaris Says:

    Glory be! So the old Bear stopped huffing and puffing for a day! Well, I know from personal experience how charming he can be! What a pity he can only turn it on in public. Now if they only knew ……

    Yes, he’s back to ‘normal’ again now.

  6. Sophie Says:

    “Si Bear n’existait pas il faudrait l’inventer!!” or maybe not!
    He certainly makes me laugh though but I imagine it must be hard for you sometimes.

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