Le Petit Brute (Sketch)

Le Petit Brute

At certain restaurants in Madagascar when you receive the menu you will also receive a small piece of paper and a pen. You write down your order on the paper and hand it to your server. The second fanciest restaurant in my neighborhood is such a place.

I’m in the habit of giving a tiny piece of art with my order — which I draw as small as possible in the corner of the paper provided. (I don’t sign these pieces. I don’t want to buy the restaurant, as Picasso is supposed to have said.)

Sajobe Restaurant
There’s a pretty big fanciness gap between the fanciest and the second fanciest restaurant.

This week I was at the restaurant with Pizza Girl. She asked me to show her how to draw what I had just sketched. I drew it again, step-by-step, on my phone. She followed along on paper and a blue marker.

It was something of a catharsis for her. She’d been the target of a mean kid at school recently. We joked that this petit brute (little bully) was her school tormentor.

We were both very pleased with the results.

Incidentally: The fanciest restaurant in my neighborhood indisputably is Chez Maxime, a white-tablecloth kind of place where I rarely go.


  1. Jolene Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Where is pizza girl now?

    • Ted Reply
      April 18, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Probably at my house being cute.

  2. Daphne Williams Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Dear Ted,
    This gladdens my heart.
    Greetings from half-way around the world – Daphne

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