Juliette is in 3rd grade. […] She tells me about the play they wrote and acted this year.


« We start with ‘Once upon a time’. There were a girl and a boy, they had a discussion.

– A fight, gently whispers Patricia. (in french one letter makes the difference between fight and discussion : discutés / disputés)

– Zere was a war, we were the pretty ones. Ze boys never stopped to work and zey were getting bored without us. Zey sent us a spy with a wig. We were having a cup of tea. I had to say « Immediately arrest this impostor ! » And him « Boys ! Come and rescue me ! » And them « Yeah ! On our way ! »


And after that we reconcile and dance.


After such a teaser I need to know more. Very patiently Juliette explains me « The basic idea is a girl who gets into an argument with a boy »


I faithfully write down the dialogue.


The girl : « I am always the one to prepare what we eat ! And what do you think about my new dress? »

The boy : « Bleh… I worked for hours. “

The girl: « And who’s preparing your dinner ? » (Juliette, one hand on her hip) « Girls! Come and listen to what a boy told me! “

The boy: « Boys! Come listen to what a girl told me! »


Juliette comments on the scene: « So, everyone is building a wall. » And once the wall is built …


The boys: “How bored we are. How happy they look! »

The girls: « Yes, because we are without you! »

The boys: « Oh hisse ! (what we french say when pulling on something) »

Me: « Why ‘Oh hisse’? »

Juliette: « Well, because the boys are helping a spy over the wall. »

OK. And what’s next ?

The girls: « Who are you? »

The boy: « Oh, I’m a new girl. »

The Girls: « Can I see your naiiiiiils? Can I see your haiiiiiiiir ? »

And crack, that’s where the girls discover the trickery by removing his wig.

The boy: « Oh la la! I put myself in a real mess. » He calls his friends: « Get up my friends! « 


Conciliabule on the other side of the wall:

“We should help him”

-Yeah, but he got involved!

-Yes, but he is our friend. “

A boy intervenes: « I have a solution but it will not please you. It is to reconcile with the girls. »

The boys: « Oh no! »

And the boy who argued with the girl: « Oh no ! Not at all! »

And the boy who is still waiting for his friends to come to help him:

« Hey guys! You are arriving to save me? »

The boys: « Fight! »

Then another said, « Stop! Why wouldn’t we be reconciled? »


« Then » Juliette tells me « we say, ‘All right’. And each one of us removes a brick from the wall and says, for example: ‘Sorry I said you were fat as a pig.’ Or ‘Sorry I said you were a hippopotamus.’ »

Me: “What is a hippopotamus? “

Juliette: “That is a restaurant! “

Me (refraining a “I know it’s a restaurant!”):

“Uh … Yeah but what did the boy mean? “

Juliette: “I did things like a hippopotamus. “


Logical. It’s just that sometimes between adults and children, we think we understand each other when we have not understood each other. When I was told to go to the Palais des Glaces at the Nancy fair, I had long imagined giant cones stuffed with tasty perfumes.


Juliette: “After that we make a pyramid that holds by itself, and then we dance. ” Yes. 




English translation by Nicolas Verhille, Dunkerque, France

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