Saturday, March 15, 2008

It's Saturday morning......

and the kids are in school until 11.20. As of next year, Saturday school will be finished in primary schools in France. The idea of no school on Wednesday and school on Saturday morning may seem alien to those of you who don't live in France. And even to those of us who do.

Apparently the school on Saturday thing comes from a time when Thursdays were given over to all religious study, so they used the 3 hours on Saturday morning to catch up with the rest of the stuff. Sounds fair, right? Gotta love a country that was dictated to by religion. Surely that sort of thing doesn't happen anymore here in the 21st century? Uh hum.....

I'm a little torn between enjoying a few hours alone with the Duke on Saturday mornings and being able to sleep past 7.30 for more than one day a week. The French are calling it operation 'ravioli', or ravis au lit (delighted in bed). Nice.

So until then, I'm going to enjoy my Saturday morning visits to Beziers market with the Duke, where we buy Fresh pasta and everything else we need for the weekend, sit down for a coffee, and just generally pretend we have nothing better to do, at least until 11.20.

1 comment:

Betty C. said...

When we lived in Tours, they had Saturday morning school. My eldest was in "tout petite" and "petite section" those years, and we found it to be great, free babysitting. Then we moved here to Aveyron where they have the 4-day week until collège -- school just on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -- with shorter school holidays. I was happy as time went on that we got the full weekend. You will be too!