Now as we’ve seen in previous posts, things have got to be pretty serious before your Frenchman will introduce you to his parents. Maybe you guys are living together, maybe you guys have been in a relationship for a while, maybe he sees you as his future wife. Whatever it is, your Frenchman will think it’s time to meet his parents.
It probably won’t be planned. So be prepared for something like: “My mum just called and I said we’d join them for lunch.” Today? Yes, today.
Dress appropriately – stylish, nothing too revealing. Don’t drape yourself over your Frenchman during lunch, just affectionately touch his hand, that kind of thing, nothing too much. Take a bunch of flowers. Smile. Compliment the food. Be sure to eat and finish your plate (no French mum likes her son’s girlfriend to not enjoy food). Don’t drink too much. Help clear up the dishes, even if you’re shooed away, at least you showed a willingness.
Oh and get ready for a very long lunch. Up to 4 hours. There may be an apero before lunch so pace yourself with the alcohol. After lunch you will no doubt go from the dinner table to the door.
Your Frenchman’s parents may grill you, but then they may not. My Frenchman’s parents didn’t grill me at all. They just asked how come I was fluent in French. I reckon I got off easily.
Hmm, what else? Don’t talk too much about yourself, don’t go on about how you guys met, don’t get mushy and start crying. Don’t laugh like a hyena. Don’t prattle on and on out of nerves. But at the same time don’t sit there and not say a word. Join in the conversation politely, laugh at the jokes, play nice.
If you’re reading this, don’t speak a lot of French, and are dating a Frenchman or thinking of bagging yourself a Frenchman, French lessons will come in handy. Not just for communicating with your boyfriend but with his parents too when it comes to it. Your Frenchman’s parents will really appreciate it if you can speak even just a little French. It’s the effort see. So if you need to, sign up for lessons!
I think once you get past the parents’ test, your eligibility has been confirmed with your Frenchman. Because a Frenchman’s parents’ opinion is very important to him. So you need to pass the test.
When you leave you may be able to tell how much your Frenchman’s parents liked you by the strength of their bises (French kisses on each cheek). If those kisses are firmly planted, you’re in. This may be all the info you’ll ever get about if they like you or not. Because if ask your Frenchman if they liked you, he may just shrug and say, “Well, why wouldn’t they.”
That’s about all I can think of.