Chez Monoprix is where the Tough Get Going when the Going Gets Tough.
On a gloomy March morning, as France seemed to have come to a standstill and was holding its breath expecting more bad news later in the day, I was not surprised to see several neighbors of mine at our local Monoprix store. They were waiting patiently, holding their spot in long lines to be able to go home with more food, more toilet paper, more wine, in case the anticipated quarantine was not just a rumor. There weren’t hoarders, just people trying to plan ahead, to reassure themselves, as everything seemed to crumble around them all over France and the rest of the world, personal lives, jobs, businesses, vacation plans… In fact, even if some shelves were almost empty (the Holy Trinity rice, pasta, beans, missing) many still offered plenty of supplies. It was almost a normal day in my peaceful corner of the Parisian woods.
When the fun has left the building
It’s easy to smile chez Monoprix: Attractive, colorful products with a reasonable price tag welcome locals and visitors. It’s easy to spend there. Icing on the cake: Monoprix’s attempts to entertain customers with their creative packaging.
I chuckled when I spotted an endangered slice of Brie, and thought to myself: “You look the way we are all starting to feel!”
Still, nobody – myself included – felt like smiling today. I stayed clear of the other customers and headed out of the store as fast as I could, my supplies piled inside the faithful lime green Rolser shopping cart. There’s no more time to show a cavalier attitude towards “social distancing,” the trending concept du jour. Tick-tock, the invisible enemy that’s taken our bruised and battered planet by storm is on our doorstep. In France, we’ve already lost our beloved cafés and terrasses because of it, and it’s only the beginning.
Chez Monoprix: Where the Tough persevere
I promised French Girl in Seattle Takes France! readers I would continue to share musings and snippets of my Parisian life through all this, and so I will, on Facebook or on the blog. Here’s a video I filmed for you earlier today. If you love shopping in France – especially chez Monoprix – you will enjoy it. Warning: Unlike the quarantine we are about to enter, it’s fast-paced. A low-battery signal came on 20 seconds into the video, and I was afraid to get cut off. God knows it was hard enough to talk to you through my chichi surgical mask…
Chez Monoprix: A French Girl in Seattle Takes France! video
This story is part of the “France as I see it” series. There are two other stories about Monoprix on the French Girl in Seattle blog, referenced on the homepage under “Les Plus Populaires.”