18 January 2014

I am a Peach

A long time ago I read this theory on the difference between the French and the Americans in a French magazine. Sadly, I can't remember where I read it, but it went a little something like this:

"The French are like coconuts - hard and stiff on the outside. But once you crack the outer shell, they are sweet and soft on the inside. The Americans are like peaches - soft and sweet on the surface with a core that's nearly impossible to penetrate."



Aside from putting me in the mood for a smoothie, I found this slightly ridiculous and rather funny. But when I read it to Laurent, he thought about it seriously before looking at me and going, "That explains it! You're a peach!" He felt the whole analogy was spot on.

I for one, think you'll find a lot of peaches and coconuts in both countries. But my awesome Google searching skills show that this is actually a pretty common analogy that people use to describe the differences between peoples of various European nations and Americans. In fact, it's so common, it's pretty much a tacky cliché.

So here we go. Which one do find you relate to the most?


Coconut 

Hard/brittle on the outside 

Might come off as a bit cold

Takes time before you to consider someone a friend

Don't go out of your way to impress someone you don't know

Are very close, sweet, and loyal with true friends and family

Tend to have life long friends


Peach


Very warm and friendly

Easily or quickly call someone a friend

Less willing to share some of the more private parts of yourself

Tend to have many superficial friends, in addition to true friends

Will attempt to make the strangers you interact with feel comfortable

Try hard to make good first impressions

Soft and very sweet on the outside, but only let others in to a certain extent


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Obviously very few people are completely a peach or completely a coconut. But I feel like the people in my life do tend to sway one way or the other. I find that the older I get, the more coconut like I become. :)

Do you think you tend to under one category or the other, or are you a completely different kind of fruit?


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