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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Madame

Speaking of Paris and French Culture: My last years in high school I had the most incredible (French) teacher: Madame Kummer. She had a beautiful mane of red hair and her appearance was impeccably stylish. You could not pull the wool over Madame's eyes - ever. But any attempt she parried with humor. We were an intimate class of six. This class was structured like a French class at the Lycee and so we read everything from Baudelaire to Ionesco. Madame Kummer had an incredible gift for teaching and always provoked us to think and pressed us to appreciate.
I did not savor chocolate the way one is supposed to until Madame Kummer spoke to us about chocolate. Merci pour tout, Madame Kummer.

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