“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”  –  Stacia Tauscher

“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.”  –  William Stafford


Mademoiselle Ambre

Ambre une poupée vivante

Squeals with delight

Throwing her mother’s phone

Across the café’s floor

Shouts of glee

Declarations of discovery

Of the world around her

The range of her voice

Sometimes startling herself


Trapped in a stroller

Escape is inevitable

Audre’s days of sitting

Dans la café

Visite avec des amies

Disappear with a curious

Toddler’s appetite

“Ma ma ma ma ma ma ma!”




Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

9 thoughts on “Mademoiselle”

  1. Oh Lea, you have captured this peiod of a mother’s life so well, the time we are proud new parents but still able to “steal” that tiny piece of freedom with friends in cafes. From the outside looking in, it can almost seem that motherhood is a breeze! I often observe new mums in cafes and think to myself, “you just wait!! 😊.

    Quotes as ever are oth keepers.




    1. Christine, just days after that was written, she began her escapes! Poor Audre… 🙂 xxx

      It is a delight to have them join us for café several times a week. xxx

      Glad you enjoyed the quotes. I thought they worked.

  2. ah she’s sweet… love how you capture her…and what a world to discover… it gets really interesting with kids once they’re mobile… oy… my son was fast as lightning…honestly…i had the reflexes of a kung fu fighter…smiles

  3. I love how this is written with such a carefree nature, beautiful as always Lea! The photo is adorable too 😀 x

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