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Old 21.10.2011, 18:19
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Old Swiss Women

Just to trash the old stereotype that all old Swiss women are evil old bags whose only aim is to upset mummy's.......

Tonight in the local Coop, an old woman approached me as my little 2year old belted out yet another loud rendition of Happy Birthday (this has been the song of choice for the past 3 weeks ). Immediately with my hackles rised, I prepared for the verbal onslaught, only to be greeted with "your daughter is such a delight. It's wonderful to see and hear such a happy toddler. You are clearly doing a great job. Keep up the good work."

Well I can tell you, I almost fell over and couldn't say thank you enough to her. She collared me several more times around the aisles to give more appreciation and roared with laughter when my little one got to to the cashier and announced "hello Lady" as she does daily.

So there! Not all of them are bad
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Old 21.10.2011, 18:22
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Thank you. That has quite made my day!
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Old 21.10.2011, 18:24
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Re: Old Swiss Women

Are you sure she was Swiss?
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Old 21.10.2011, 18:25
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Re: Old Swiss Women

mine too. thanks for sharing!
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Old 21.10.2011, 18:29
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Most definitely. Everything was Basel dialect and she still had on her blaggede from last Fasnacht

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Re: Old Swiss Women

Oh Missy, not just a delightful MiniMimi story but a passing reference at your competence in Basel dialekt. You are ExPatExtremelyWellIntegratedSupaMom
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Old 21.10.2011, 18:38
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You cannot be a bench mark for stereotyped anything negative .
Being a A model of Propriety you are unique, charming and one in a million.


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Old 21.10.2011, 19:11
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You could tell if she tried paying with a CHF 1'000 note. Pension's up....
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Old 21.10.2011, 19:23
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Re: Old Swiss Women

This is so true. Anytime my kiddo sings in public, which happens on every outing, actually, if I wasn't singing with her, it was the older ladies who jumped at me trying to shush her..and mentioned how nice it is to hear a child sing. Sheer kindness. Don't worry, the Happy birthday songs soon evolves into Dora, Rory the racing car, Where is thumbkin, even Beatrix Potter DVD classical music songs, which sound a tad odd in the supermarket, too
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Old 21.10.2011, 19:37
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Once dissuaded a daughter from singing 'alli mini Äntli' in church here. Not sure how well it would have gone down.
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Re: Old Swiss Women

that's a lovely story - thanks for reminding us that there are some nice folk out there!
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Old 21.10.2011, 19:43
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Re: Old Swiss Women

To be honest, my best experiences with my daughter in Basel were with old people! They would talk to her, smile at her, speak to me and to her in french. In the tram, they always been the one smiling at her monkey businesses.

Once we had this old man sitting on the seat next to ours and he kept smiling at her. When he stood up to leave the tram she send him a kiss.

He was so moved he stand outside the tram and kept looking at her with a smile while the door was closing and the tram left. He was just standing there with that big happy smile.

I love old swiss people, I trully think they are very nice and miss to have kids around them, I could see it the wqay they interacted with my daughter.

Maybe I was lucky to have all the nicest one with Binnigen?

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Old 21.10.2011, 19:45
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Re: Old Swiss Women

Mini-Mimi happily sings raa raa the lion, bob the builder, chuggington's and all the usual but "happy birthday" inevitably ends up with a big discussion starting with "Alles gutes dini g'brtstag" which I then have to explain that actually it's not my birthday despite my wee'un thinking otherwise!

It has led to a few unwarranted gifts the past few weeks which we've passed on to homeless people etc. (gipfeli, cakes and the like).

It seems everyone thinks I'm being modest not honest
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So how'd'you know what she was sayin', miss "I got an iphone"?

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So how'd'you know what she was sayin', miss "I got an iphone"?

Well I could hardly iPhone translate, shop, deal with lovely old lady and use a translator....I call it "chucking oneselve in the deep end and hoping for the best".

Chuffed with me and the mini-one tonight!!
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Warning! 30 odd year old memories coming up here.

When I first came to Zürich and couldn't work, as my 9 month permit had ended in Graubünden, I owe a hell of a lot of my language lessons to old people sitting on park benches and in the train. They were invaluable teachers and I will never forget them, their help, and the stories of their lives.

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Just to trash the old stereotype that all old Swiss women are evil old bags whose only aim is to upset mummy's.......

Tonight in the local Coop, an old woman approached me as my little 2year old belted out yet another loud rendition of Happy Birthday (this has been the song of choice for the past 3 weeks ). Immediately with my hackles rised, I prepared for the verbal onslaught, only to be greeted with "your daughter is such a delight. It's wonderful to see and hear such a happy toddler. You are clearly doing a great job. Keep up the good work."

Well I can tell you, I almost fell over and couldn't say thank you enough to her. She collared me several more times around the aisles to give more appreciation and roared with laughter when my little one got to to the cashier and announced "hello Lady" as she does daily.

So there! Not all of them are bad
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Most definitely. Everything was Basel dialect and she still had on her blaggede from last Fasnacht
My daughter speaks fluent Basler, and has a blaggede... but she's not Swiss. OK; she's not a little old lady.
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Re: Old Swiss Women

I never had problems with the elderly. They were always friendly with the little ones. When my kids were babies, they attracted tons of attention from old people and teen boys...not sure what was up with that....anyways, there are nice people around
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I was quite young when I first came here and having grown up in the country back home, had to learn how to cope in a city(ish). One of the first friends I made told me that if I ever found myself in a threatening or distressing situation in public, I should appeal to an old lady, as they often no shame about getting vocal and probably wouldn't be afraid to call attention to my situation and help alleviate it.

My friend, who was maybe about 21 at the time, told me a story about a guy on a crowded bus who kept "accidentally bumping into" her, when in fact he was quite enjoying rubbing himself up to her. She got the attention of an older lady, who then took him to task in front of everyone on the bus.

Thankfully, I've never had call to use her advice, but I've never forgotten it! Also explains my soft spot for old people, I will always defend and help them, even if they do silly things like snail-pace across a busy street on their walkers where there is no crosswalk (I believe this is something of a specialty amongst the aged in my Zurich neighborhood).

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The true riches don't lie on the Bahnhofstrasse.
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