Bonjour Madame, said Chloe. Chloe’s mermaid.
“Bonjour, Madame,” said Chloe, aged 6.
“Bonjour Chloe,” I replied.
In her hand she held a piece of paper and a pencil. She flapped these in front of her.
“Please could you draw me a mermaid?” she asked (but in French).
I had about 3.4 seconds to spare, so I sat down at the table and drew. Chloe perched on the chair rung, hopping on and off as six year-olds do, and making little snuffly noises as she watched. Every now and then she gave me some instructions: long hair, seaweed, and that sort of thing. Being French she wasn’t remotely perturbed by the nudity.
When I had finished Chloe said merci nicely and stood and studied the picture for a moment.
“Why is she holding a comb?” she asked.
“Because she is doing her hair,” I replied.
“But her hair is too wet !!!” she exclaimed.
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