Postcards from Paris: {Autumn Highlights and Life in a Greenhouse}

On Fridays when the weather is accommodating I often go to the greenhouse park in Boulogne-Billancourt.
The grass in this park is always trimmed, and most of the time I only see older men and women, who hint on the side of elderly, but I’m sure they wouldn’t admit to it. They often dress from another era. My favourite look for the gentlemen: hand-knit cardigans, thick-rimmed glasses, and tailored slacks, assumingly held up by a handsome pair of suspenders. Pour les dames: curled silver strands pinned back with tortoise shell barrettes and complimenting neutral toned wool suits with pencil skirts and always pantyhose. I imagine them all having a similar collection of Charles Aznavour records, with interiors covered in vintage wallpaper and fine, dark wood antique dining room sets.
Sometimes together, often times alone or with a furry companion. Lately the common thread is not only the era-dressing, but the pastime activity they all seem to be participating in: simply sitting on a bench and admiring the golden tones of autumn. Every now and then, a child makes an appearance, and immediately becoming the focusing view, “Ces jeunes; une telle énergie!”
One particularly energetic set of siblings ran across the well-marked keep-of-grass to dive into a pile of bright amber leaves. Then they scurried along towards the greenhouse, the main attraction. Never-ending summer inside, the greenhouse plants are ignorant to the changing tones beyond the glass walls. The only hints of golden tones are from the coy fish swimming in the center pond. I love the idea of life in a greenhouse.
 Once the sun sets and the glass doors are locked, what goes on inside?
There are bird cages filled with tropical chirping birds, but at night instead of their chirping do they discuss politics or do they prefer poetry?
And the coy fish, always seen swimming in circles waiting for bread crumbs from stale baguettes. At night are they tired of the same old fish faces they’ve been making all day? Do they indulge in smiles and laughter, showing their gummy, peculiar fish teeth smiles?
I wonder about the plants, with their healthy lush leaves and their many branches for arms; do they move about embracing each other? Perhaps unlocking the doors to get a breeze of autumn air.
It’s all so curious, but I have a feeling that the man, who tends to them, always wearing a newsboy cap and soil-stained overalls, has an idea of such greenhouse scenes.

1 comment:

Emily Isabella said...

You may be on to something...