Saturday, February 4, 2012

Clobbered by Camembert

Clobbered by Camembert
by Avery Aames

This post written by Charlotte Bessette


Okay, I know, I was allowed to write last month's post, too, but I'm so excited. The winter faire has arrived. So I sneaked in to write another post!

The Village Square is aglow with lights and excitement. There will be an ice carving contest, and the twins are singing in a chorale, and The Cheese Shop will be represented at the faire in a tent we have titled: Le Petit Fromagerie. We will offer a cheese and wine tasting and we will give away pretty plates and wine glasses as tokens. I'm simply as excited as punch.

Oh, there will be horse-drawn carriage rides, too. And vendors with delectables like hot chocolate and brandy-laced crepes. And my grandmother has music piped throughout. 

In addition, a woman--an old friend of my mother's--has arrived in town and I can't wait to ask her more about my mom. I know it's a little maudlin, always wondering about one's parents, but I lost them so young, and I'd like to know more about each of them. I know what they preferred as far as music, and I have a hope chest in my bedroom filled with their mementoes (my father adored fishing and had a collection of lures), but I really would have liked to know my parents as people--not just through my grandparents eyes but through the eyes of their peers. There are so few people in Providence who grew up with them. This woman did. I can't wait to ask her what my mother thought about when she was my age or as a teen. Did she dream about boys and travel? Did she devour mysteries, like I did? Did she write in a journal? Did she giggle at the back of the classroom or was she the studious one who sat at the front of the class and raised her hand whenever the teacher asked a question? [I definitely did not do that, though I wasn't the giggler at the back, either.] I wonder, too, whether this woman knows more about my father. Probably not. From what I gather, she was only friends with my mother. But still...

Do you ever wish you could know more about your parents? Do you wish you had heard it from their lips or from someone else's with an objective view?


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CLOBBERED BY CAMEMBERT, coming February 7...just a few days!
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11 comments:

  1. You mean I can't download it and read it today???? Guess I'll have to wait til Tuesday. I've already preordered it. Can't wait to read it

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  2. That fair sounds like great fun, Charlotte! My friends and I will have to drive down for a visit. And some cheese . . .

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  3. Sue, I'm so thrilled that you want to read the story! I heard, through a little birdie, that some were able to get it early. Now I'm just saying... Maybe that's if it's in paper.

    ~Charlotte (for Avery, of course)

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  4. Willow, I wish you would visit. We have so many fun things to do. We're going to have a grilled cheese contest coming up real soon! My friend Delilah - you know her, she runs the Country Kitchen diner - she's been campaigning for a couple of years now and finally...finally... Oh, yum. And I'll be her advisor! Whee.

    ~Charlotte

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  5. It sounds like a magical place to be! And yes, I often wished I'd taken the time to ask more questions when my folks were still with us. Good luck in your quest.

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  6. It sounds as romantic as the cover is beautiful. Brandy-laced crepes? I'm getting in the car. It all sounds enchanting!

    I'm looking forward to the grilled cheese contest, too! Yum!

    ~ Sophie

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  7. Interesting question... can you ever really know what your parents were like as kids?

    Now grilled cheese... how about cream cheese and raisin bread for a grilled cheese sandwich??

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  8. Thanks, Erika. When they are with us, sometimes we just don't get the time. Life is so fleeting, don't you think?

    Sophie, I look forward to seeing you. Yes, brandy-laced crepes. Quite delicious!

    Victoria, I hadn't thought about it that way. I have pictures of my folks as kids, but I can't imagine them running around, doing pranks, laughing. Except they were always laughing with me. We had so much fun. BTW, I like your grilled cheese sandwich. I made one last year with raisins and apples and cheddar. Soooo good.

    ~Charlotte

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  9. I've pre-ordered the book and am looking forward to reading it. I am also ordering the first two. I can't remember if I have them in my collection of favorite authors or not.

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  10. Beverly, how wonderful to hear!! Thank you (on Avery's behalf). I hope you enjoy all the stories.

    Say Cheese!

    ~Charlotte

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  11. Charlotte, I do hope you're able to learn more about your mom. I can't wait to see the happenings at the winter faire. I suspect something will be amiss.

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