Little chocolate bread roll

Le petit pain au chocolat
Little chocolate bread roll

 

English version below the picture 

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A delight in the morning with coffee .,  This recalls the memory below Un délice ,le matin qui me remet en mémoire ce qui suit.

Je venais de manquer mon train de 2 minutes . J’ étais désemparé en regardant les lanternes rouges du wagon de queue s’ éloigner irrémédiablement . Irrémédiablement ! Une journée d’ étude à l’Université perdue ! Je m ‘ effondrais et me sentais en révolte . Quoi ? Je m ‘ étais atrocement arraché du lit à 5 h 45 , j ‘avais marché l ‘ estomac vide pendant plus d’une demi – heure dans ses rues aux pavés luisant dans l’ obscurité humide et froide d’un petit matin de Décembre pour rien ? Sincèrement je me sentais  mal et déprimé mais dans le même instant il me semblait que je sentais aussi une sorte de jubilation au profond de moi . Allez –savoir pourquoi ? Immédiatement je réprimais ce sentiment diabolique .

2007 train
I had just missed my train by 2 minutes . I was in distress  and watched the red lights of the last wagon go away irremediably! Irremediably! A day of study at the university located at 50 km flew away ! I collapsed with a feeling of revolt . What ? I had pulled myself with atrocious pain from my bed at 5h 45 , I had walked ,  the stomach empty ,during more than half one hour in the paved glossy  streets in the wet and cold darkness in an early morning of December for nothing ?  Sincerely I felt myself  bad  and depressed but in the same moment it seemed I felt a kind of weird  jubilation in my deep inner . How to know why ? Immediately I repressed this devil sensation .

Après quoi , je retournais à l ‘ école où j ‘ avais un emploi , complètement anéanti , tel une loque humaine coupable et avachi descendant la rue sous l’ effet de son propre poids de chair inerte . Soudainement je passais devant une petite boulangerie dont le soupirail dégageait une odeur paradisiaque . NON , je ne méritais pas ce délicieux petit pain au chocolat fraîchement sorti du four ! Pourquoi n’ avais – je pas couru pour prendre le train ? Et finalement ne l’ avais – je pas manqué exprès tout en étant allé à la gare ? Je passais donc outre la boulangerie dans une volonté de stoïcisme faisant honneur à l’ éducation que mes parents puis mes maîtres m’ avaient donnée . Stoïque ? 10 mètres tout au plus ! Hélas je me voyais rebrousser chemin , entrer dans cet antre de la tentation pour acheter ce petit pain au chocolat encore chaud qu ‘ une boulangère satanique me tendait enveloppé dans du papier de soie
2007 Boulangerie

Afterwards, completely destroyed , I went back to the school where I had a job  . I felt myself like a wreck , guilty and flabby pushed by its own weight of inert flesh . Suddenly I passed in front of a small bakery. I was caught by a heavenly smell coming from the open window of the basement . NO , I did not deserve the delicious chocolate–filled roll freshly drawn from the oven! Why did not I run to get my train ? And finally did not I miss it voluntarily although I had been to the railways station ?  So , I  went away from  the bakery showing a stoicism to honour the education that my parents then my teachers had given to me . Stoic ? 10 meters no more ! Alas I saw myself turn back and enter this den of temptation to buy this hot chocolate- filled roll  that a satanic baker woman  gave to me all wrapped in a tissue paper

Je poursuivis ma route en mangeant lentement cette petit délice . Mais tout la journée je ne me sentis pas l’ esprit au repos . Il y avait en moi une sorte de lutte entre la conscience et la mauvaise foi . Ceci est un évènement minuscule qui se passait en Décembre 1955 . J’ avais 22 ans . C’ est amusant et n’ a aucune importance , mais je m’ en souviens encore . Peut – il être un exemple de la complexité de la nature humaine ?
2007 degustation

   I continued  my walk in eating very slowly , enjoying this delightful thing . But all the day I was not quite well in my mind  . There was in me a kind of fight between the conscience and the insincerity . This is a tiny event that took place  in December 1955 . I was 22 . It is funny and has not any importance . but I still remember it . Can it be an example of  the complexity of the human being    ?  

and 62 ans plus tard :

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and 62 years later !!  🙂

 

  • Dedicated to my granddaughter Sarah 18 years old who is currently suffering from asthma in England, to make her smile
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81 Responses to Little chocolate bread roll

  1. puffpop says:

    You should not feel guilty. It was meant to be. God has provided us with many blessings and Chocolate is one of them. Did Janine make that one that you are now eating?

    I would look up the recipe but John can’t have chocolate because of his kidneys.

    I understand that chocolate has seritone which is a mood enhancer and is healthy.
    I enjoy your illustrations…You are multi talented.

    Love,
    votre amie.
    Francoise.

  2. puffpop says:

    I think I meant serotonin…

  3. fauquet véronique says:

    Je connais cette histoire depuis l’enfance mais elle me fait toujours autant rire ! Et puis,qui peut résister à l’odeur satanique d’un petit pain au chocolat tout frais ?!!! Et Françoise a raison, les dessins sont très drôles : bravo Papa !

  4. Je me souviens, il y a des lustres, avoir raté un train un premier jour de travail sur la colère. Je me suis fait mon travail moi-même en commençant par la pratique ! J’ai appris la théorie plus tard. Encore plus tard, j’ai appris que je pouvais assez facilement me passer de café et de pain au chocolat … sans passer par la case “volonté infaillible”. L’envie, comme la colère, méritent un peu de curiosité. Bravo, Michel. Bravo, Véronique.

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Chocolate makes the world bearable somedays. Have a wonderful holiday season

  6. blb1 says:

    I’m sure Sarah smiled, I know I did. 🙂

  7. Barbara Lenhard says:

    Ah! Chocolate is a wonderful thing. That is such a delightful story. You always make me smile!

  8. jstnotherday says:

    Michel! How nice to see your sketches again!
    What a lovely little tale to share with your granddaughter. 🙂

    Absolutely. An example of the complexity of the human being. 🙂

    In the town I moved from there was a coffee shop I went just to treat myself to a chocolate croissant. I don’t know if they are the same here, but for me it was a always a most delectable treat. I understand your temptation. 😀

    (I can’t share your guilt though. 😉 )
    Lynn

  9. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    Michel, I love the way you tell your stories and express the complexities of the human psychology. Your drawings are very delightful too. How amazing you still remember your feelings after more than six decades! I like seeing your picture enjoying the pain au chocolat. It is such a wonderful treat, isn’t it?

  10. Yvonne says:

    This was a charming story of your strong memory from many years ago, and linked to the love you still have for your little chocolate treat. 🙂

  11. neilc693 says:

    Those chocolate croissants are one of my favorite kinds of pastry. I always try to get one with my coffee if they’re offered, and don’t bother feeling guilty 😉 The ones that are usually offered aren’t exactly masterpieces of the baker’s art—but even mediocre ones are OK.

  12. Susan Joos says:

    You have written this so amusingly, one has to laugh! It is funny the tiny memory flashbacks that stick with us throughout our lives. I say, “enjoy the chocolate!”

  13. Annalisa says:

    Chacun de nous a un souvenir pareil… le mien était un cabaret avec 4 or 5 petites pâtes, avalées en cachette dans la rue pour ne pas devoir les partager avec soeurs et frères. J’avais douze ou treize ans… 😊
    En tout cas, j’aime beaucoup les petits pains au chocolat que je trouve seulement chez les boulangers en France, et mes petit fils en raffolent.
    Merci de ton souvenir Michel!

  14. L. Gail says:

    You deserved the chocolate roll! Not many would think of parents and teachers giving the opportunity for education.
    I don’t like to think of my beautiful art subject being under the weather.🙁 Get we’ll soon Sarah.

  15. Ahhh, chocolate in a roll. I can taste it, I can smell it, I’m not suppose to have it, I’m a diabetic. But some times the body and soul need to experience those wonderful sensations. And I do 😀 Thank you for the Thanksgiving greetings. It is a celebration of the harvest and sharing that harvest with family and friends. Wishing you and Janine a wonderful weekend as fall slowly draws towards winter. Hugs to you both. ❤

  16. I’m so sorry your granddaughter has asthma. This will definitely cheer her up, though! I love your illustrations. I love chocolate bread! God bless you today, Michel. ❤️

  17. Ellen Chambers says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and Janine! Yes, I agree that we humans are complex! Even more the reason to treat ourselves and give us more precious memories to hold dear! Love the story! Lovingly, Ellen

  18. nannyfountain says:

    Memories are to remind us that we learn many things but not all are apparent at the time! ❤ Love, Nancy

  19. Rachel says:

    As always, Michel, thank you for the Thanksgiving. Sending you both much love and hugs!.

  20. todaywithellierae says:

    I love that story! (Mrs.Grovine)

  21. Cheri Herald says:

    I love your stories, especially when you illustrate them. 🙂

  22. Julie E says:

    A lovely story Michel. Its wonderful that a smell can bring back such lovely memories

  23. chocolate is always the answer…no matter the question – haha 🙂
    funny little story, “life is made up of small moments like these”

    all the best to your granddaughter xx

  24. Lavinia Ross says:

    Michel, I am sorry your granddaughter has asthma and is in need of cheering up. I am sure she will love your story about the chocolate roll. 🙂 It is funny what things we remember from early in our lives. And such a lovely memory of the chocolate roll. I can almost smell it myself! 🙂

    Much love to you and your family, and especially your dear granddaughter. ❤

  25. Leslie DeCillis says:

    What a wonderful story! You did the right thing, and continue to do so as you sit and eat your chocolate bread today!!!

  26. AM says:

    Le petit pain était d i v i n ! La preuve, tu t’en souviens encore 🙂

    Belle histoire! Merci cher Michel!

    Amitiés, AM

  27. Marion Manson says:

    Ohhh Michel! I can see all you’ve said in my mind’s eye:-D The temptations and guilt, no matter how small we sometimes deal with in life.

  28. mcbery says:

    So funny Michel! I say you should enjoy every bite! I’m sure somewhere in the Bible there is a hidden reference to the fact that chocolate is good for your soul. 😀

  29. Great story, Michel!

    Love,
    Julie

  30. KB says:

    I used to make these! They were a lovely treat while we were out skiing. Kept in your coat, they would stay warm so the chocolate was soft inside. Of course you wouldn’t have wanted to fall on them. That would be messy!

  31. I hope Sarah is feeling better soon!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely memory! Whether it was a guilty pleasure or just a wonderful and comforting treat, you must have enjoyed that roll if you remember it so vividly all of these years later! I remember the creamed corn on bread that my grandmother used to give me for lunch when I was a little girl. It was not nearly so grand a treat as your chocolate roll, but I enjoyed it because my grandmother made it for me. I haven’t had any for at least 60 years!

  32. What a warm wonderful memory, Michel! 🙂 And so glad you are still enjoying the warmth and comfort of the chocolate bread roll these days, too! 🙂

    ❤ prayers and (((HUGS))) to Sarah. I hope she is well soon. (My daughter and I both suffer from asthma, too.)

    I love your adjectives and description of the baker woman. 😀

    ❤ and (((HUGS))) to you and Janine!!! 🙂

  33. PS… ❤ your drawings!!!

  34. Chocolate had to make your day better.
    I’m sure this story made Sarah smile. It did me. 😉
    Hugs

  35. cjjustice1 says:

    I always smile when I read your stories and enjoy your pictures, too. I hope and pray that Sarah is feeling much better now, Michel.

    Love,
    Carolyn

  36. Cath aka Singapore Girl says:

    It’s almost a month now. I hope Sarah’s better.
    I absolutely love your drawings.

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