Y'all I just gave the best theatrical performance of my ENTIRE LIFE to a whopping TWO PEOPLE I'm thrilled and distraught in equal measure
Okay so: I'm in the shop, with the dinosaur puppet on my arm bc it's been that sort of day, and a grandad notices it and taps his grandson on the shoulder and says "[name], look!" Boy approaches the counter and
Dinosaur: can I help you there sir?
Boy: *confused smile*
Dinosaur: can I help you at all?
Grandad: il a dit "je peux vous aider?"
Dinosaur: ohhh, vous parlez français? Oui, j'ai dit je peux vous aider?
Grandad: ah ouais nous sommes français! [name] le dinosaur est français aussi!
Boy: (extremly quiet) je suis français
Dinosaur: vous êtes içi en vacance, ou-
Me: uh mate I can't understand a word you're saying
Dinosaur: (extremely a puppet on the end of my arm whose voice is coming out of my mouth) wot
Me: je nuh... er... juh ne comprond... I don't speak French, what are you two saying
(Grandad is absolutely creasing at this point)
Dinosaur to boy: ...mon humain ne parle pas français, elle ne comprends pas une mot.
Boy: je ne parle anglais...
Dinosaur: je peux traduire
Folks for ten entire minutes I kept up the bit that I don't speak a word of French and the puppet is fluent. For ten entire minutes of Grandad looking like he was going to piss himself I kept interrupting this bilingual T-Rex's conversation with a small child so he could catch me up and/or translate my input for the kid. And the kid was young enough to believe us entirely.
Addendum: turns out the dinosaur accent completely obscures my British accent so Grandad earnestly asked me if I was French, when I said "oh we're both British but he's been studying", he clapped and said "it's good that you have him to translate for you, he does a good job! You should learn French too, he can teach you"
Anyway Bilingual Grandad and French Grandson are my new favourite customers and they were only here for half term.
Oh geez folks really liked that huh
@Murkrow You're so cute!
@Murkrow this is awesome. you're awesome
@Murkrow this is sooo good
@Murkrow this bought a huge smile to my face
@Murkrow Oh yes. This is delightful.
@Murkrow this is WONDERFUL
@Murkrow OMG, that sounds amazing. Bilingual Papa and bilingual boy would love to visit on our next UK vacation, where are you? (Feel free to DM)
@tfb I'm flattered but I know better than to tell internet strangers where I live :p
Next time you're in the south of England and spot a shop with T-Rex puppets, start talking French and see if the sales assistant offers to "wake up the dinosaur" to chat to
@Murkrow That's cool, "south of England" is good enough. I'll ask again next time it's relevant ... Then maybe you can give us a town name.
Grand what you did for that mixed national family, bravo again 👍
@Murkrow this is so so good
@Murkrow This is so, so good 😂
@Murkrow thank you for sharing this story, it made my day!
@Murkrow 💙💙💙the story. Were they from France proper or from the Channel Islands?
@Leucrotta Grandad just said "French" and had a very strong French accent when speaking English, so the best I can do is "probably France?"
@Murkrow that is utterly delightful 8-)
@Murkrow it's really wholesome
@Murkrow "I'm in the shop, with the dinosaur puppet on my arm bc it's been that sort of day"
ah yes, a timeless sentiment
@batterpunts it just be like that sometimes
@Murkrow this is absolutely adorable
@Murkrow this is so cute!
@Murkrow you're a bard. a puppeter bard (also this made my day) (i read it earlier but forgot to react)
@sempervirenx I have accepted my role. I can't play a single instrument despite so many people trying to teach me so many instruments, but I've suspected I was a bard since I convinced a dude from "just browsing thanks" to buying two robots by singing a song about robots
@Murkrow What a lovely thing you made happen! And thank you for setting it down as a story, so we could read it here and smile!
@Murkrow This is beautiful!!
@Murkrow You're so awesome that must have been so funny!!! 😂
@Murkrow This is legitimately amazing, and so are your mad skilz.
@Murkrow ah mon coeur, il fond
@Murkrow life goes on, and you'll probably just get better from here :)
@Murkrow okay that was cool as HECK
@KitRedgrave hopefully my French will, at least!
@Murkrow this is wholesome and amazing. Congratulations you added another smile to your lists of accomplishments from this exchange.
@Murkrow this is adorable and you're great
@Murkrow this whole thing was utterly charming.
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