I was just interviewed for French television. And I learned something: the French make resolutions in September.
I was sitting under a banyan at the beautiful Bois de Bolougne. I was watching the water ripple the white row boats, and their shimmering inverse, and taking pictures of the currents and their reflections.
Not far from me a tv crew was filming the scene. They finished and walked over to me. The anchorwoman started speaking to me in French. I couldn't catch all she said, so I asked her in French if she spoke English.
She told me that they were from TF1, and they were doing a story on September resolutions. In September the French resolve to live better: some take up running; some quit smoking; some resolve to eat better.
But it would be hard to interview me in English for the French channel she explained to me. So I said to try to interview me in French and we can see.
I told her in French that I didn’t have a resolution, and life was life (la vie c’est la vie).
They smiled at my response and put their camera on me under my banyan, and I declared: Je n'ai pas résolutions; la vie c’est la vie.
They smiled, and thanked me in English, and wished me au revoir.
So, friends in France: look out for this Buddha under a banyan, offering his French declarations on life.