FAITES ATTENTION! Stop whacking people with your backpacks!Photo © Ann James Massey
Coming to my studio on the metro after church one Sunday, I had my own rude “Parisian” turn.
I was seated comfortably in the open section of the coach where the doors part and the seats unfold down. A couple of tourists arrived with their backpacks in place. It was not crowded so I remained seated, as did others.
Paris Métro Photo ©2022 Ann James Massey
Suddenly, whack! I yelped in surprise and pain. One of the tourists standing in front of me had turned to her friend. Her large backpack, filled with rocks or books (so it seemed), hit me square and hard on my upper right cheek, missing my eye by only a centimeter. Not a pip from her, not an “excuse me,” nothing. I reached up and punched her well covered arm to catch her attention. She looked at me blankly and I angrily stared…