Witnesses have confirmed that, for the first time in five years, 23-year-old Erica Harrison has used her four years of high school French during a layover at Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport.
“Merci,” stated Harrison, sure to enunciate her guttural French “R,” after someone held the bathroom door for her.
Inside sources report that this is the first word of French that Harrison has spoken in four years, despite her insistence in high school that taking French instead of Spanish would be “useful in the long run” and make her a more “well-rounded student.”
“Je voudrais un sandwich,” said Harrison at a bakery near gate D37, summoning the few words of the forgotten language that still remained in her waxing vocabulary. “Merci,” she said again, noting how much her $150,000 private school education was coming in handy.
As Harrison boarded her next flight to Barcelona, witnesses noted a certain wistful and melancholy demeanor overtake her, as she likely noted that she may never use the language of the baguette-munchers ever again.
“Au revoir,” she stated as the plane took off, resting her head on the side of the window as she stared at the passing tarmac and reminisced on a fleeting, fading period of her life.
New reports are showing that, after landing in Barcelona, Harrison was cursing her 14-year-old self for not choosing to take Spanish.