Fouiner

imageMy penchant for rootling around antique shops has made me think of another useful French word, fouiner (foo-ee-nay); which means “to search,” or “to rummage through.” What kind of things to I like to search for? Things that make me think of my childhood, like a carving set that looks like the one my Dad always used to carve the turkey, or a favorite book. Jewelry that makes me think of bygone beauties. Mirrors that reflect past memories. Delicate porcelain busts that make me think of France. When a shop keeper or a stall holder asks what I’m looking for, I say that I’m just looking for the pleasure of it. It doesn’t matter if I bring anything home or not.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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2 Responses to Fouiner

  1. dede thompson says:

    I really like the way you write. Always a pleasure to read your posts.
    Merci!

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