A delicious crime. Or how my day was saved by a 2 year old foodie – Un crime délicieux

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So here is what happened:

I was having one of those really bad days. Feeling blue, really grey sky outside… truly one of those days when you feel utterly alone and have to hold your tears in. Around 10am, I went to the supermarket to buy some chocolate (my drug of choice when I feel sad). In the entrance of the store, they hang “saucissons’ (big sticks of cured pork) on the side of the wall and almost all the way down to the floor. As I was walking passed the display, I noticed a two year old kid sucking really hard on one of the saucissons while his mom was picking fruits nearby. I started laughing really hard at the sight of this little guy. The other patrons heard me, turned around, looked down, and all started laughing hysterically with me…

My only regret is that I didn’t take a picture to share with you. So I’ll include one of my nephew who could have easily perpetrated the “delicious crime” himself…

Yes it was a delicious crime in every way… and yet another reminder that a bad day can turn on a dime if we choose to focus our attention in the right direction. There is indeed joy to be found in every aisle!

Voici donc ce qui s’est passé:

La journée avait vraiment très mal commencé. Un de ces jours ou le moral est aussi gris que le ciel et où on doit faire un effort pour retenir ses larmes (oui je sais, ça sent la dépression). Je décide donc de passer au supermarché pour acheter mon médicament magique: Nutella. C’est alors qu’en passant près du rayon des jambons et saucissons, je vois un gamin d’environ 2 ans en train de lécher l’un des ‘Justin Bridoux’ pendu près du sol. J’éclate de rire. Tous les clients se retournent vers moi, voient le gamin s’acharner sur le saucisson et s’esclaffent à leur tour. Une magnifique communion improvisée!

Je regrette de ne pas avoir eu la présence d’esprit de prendre une photo pour la partager avec vous. J’inclus donc une photo de mon petit neveu qui aurait très bien pu être l’auteur de ce “crime délicieux”…

Oui, c’était un crime délicieux dans tous les sens du terme… et encore un rappel que la joie et la magie peuvent se cacher au détour de n’importe quelle allée…

39 Comments Add yours

  1. janina says:

    Aahh, so me at that age….. 😀

  2. Love the photo and so sorry you had been having a day such as that! You are loved by many just always remember that. Reach out to us for assurance! I will be contacting you soon about a visit. Sitting down this weekend to start making plans. Will need to know the B&Bs availability etc…

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you for your kind words dear Elizabeth!!! I have been feeling much better this week. The trick is to work a lot and see as many people as possible… You have no idea how happy you’d make me if you came to visit! Oh the things we’d do! The food, the wines, the photography… I cannot wait. Just make sure you tell me as soon as you have dates as I want to block my week for you when you come over…

  3. Oh my goodness, that is too funny.

  4. Jody and Ken says:

    Isn’t it great when you see kids spontaneously go for foods that you would never have expected them to like. Wonderful story. Ken

    1. My French Heaven says:

      It really is Ken! Some of us were just natural born foodies I guess 😉

  5. saucygander says:

    haha! thanks for sharing the story. I must admit I’ve wanted to do that on occasion, and I’m much older than two…

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I still do myself 😉 You are a foodie or you’re not. Am I right? 😉

  6. Your story brought a smile to my face, too, Stephane. Hope you’re still feeling good and enjoy your Sunday.


    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Janet!! Feeling much better now as I am answering your lovely comment WAYYY too late 😉 🙂

      1. It’s never too late, Stephane. 🙂 (Well, maybe it could be but not in this case.I) I hope your week’s off to a good start.

        1. My French Heaven says:

          You are such a sweet person!!

  7. Delicious story, and so is your nephew… hope the chocolate works for you on other days !!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Chocolate often works for me. Too often I’m afraid… Thanks Valerie!! 😉

  8. Une tres belle histoire Stephane, meme s’il y a des mots et des sentiments qui m’inquiete un peu, au debut… J’espere bien qu’aujourd’hui le soleil brille pour vous!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Vous êtes adorable! Oui, tout va très bien. Nous avons tous nos jours sans… 😉 🙂

  9. garethhevans says:

    Little things can make all the difference. 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      They certainly can 😉

  10. What is a saucissons? I hope that your day brightens up. Chocolate never hurts. It is cold and dark this week in New Mexico, with snow. I feel you! Best – Shanna

    1. My French Heaven says:

      We call saucisson a variety of cold or cured sausages made of any kind of meat… 🙂

      1. Oh, my… Stéphane, delicious! 🙂 Thanks for educating me. Warmly, Shanna

  11. Steve says:

    In America, he had his mom would have been arrested and charged with a host of crimes including, theft, endangering public safety, child abuse and neglect, etc. 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I’m sure! Here we just laugh about it 😉

  12. Rosa de los Vientos says:

    Eh bien, tu m’as vraiment fait peur, Stéphane, j’ai cru que tu étais ce gamin.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Je suis sur que j’ai fait la même chose quand j’étais gamin… 😉

  13. dfrantz1953 says:

    Lovely story! A true example of finding joy in a moment! Made me laugh as that could have easily been my son when he was two! He’s 26, an officer in the Air Force, and still makes me laugh!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      With food, laughter is always the best medicine 🙂

  14. connie.n.w. says:

    Very true, and a very cute story. 🙂 Connie

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Connie! 😉

    1. scolgin says:

      I wonder what percentage of loss food retailers have to take each year from grazing children? I know my own have, on occasion, opened bags of candy, sniped strawberries or grapes, lifted chocolate and pilfered potato chips.

      1. Lynn says:

        On the flip side, just think of how many additional impulse buys by parents that young children have initiated… 😉

        1. My French Heaven says:

          When they actually notice the “crime” being committed 😉

      2. My French Heaven says:

        I think that, within reason, early shop lifting of food is a must in anyone’s education… 😉

        1. scolgin says:

          I guess you could think of it as creating the customers of the future! 🙂

  15. Hélène BOIS says:

    Ah ! Que n’ais-je moi aussi 4 ans pour en faire autant au rayon chocolats, sans vergogne aucune.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Ah tes chocolats salés… Quel délice!

  16. Precious story, Stephane–as is your nephew! I’m glad the little saucisson lover in the market brought you back to life 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      😉 Thanks Tamara!

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