Firstly, I am not intending to "badmouth" anyone or anything, let me assure you this. I just need to talk about this because it seems that practically every single night I hear SOMETHING about the language issues on the local news here in Montreal. Fine, you could say "Why do you watch the news, then?" Well, I live here and it affects me for one thing...but even if I don't hear it on the news I will see something about it on the web, hear people talking about it on the bus, whatever!
As I write this post I am sipping a nice cup of tea (Sultan 1936 "After Meals".) I just finished my supper and this tea is just wonderful after a meal. It contains caraway, rosemary and peppermint...and is delicious and has a calming effect after a meal, which I especially need right now.
Getting back to the language issues here in Quebec. French is the first language here...they want it to be the only language. I myself am fluent in French (although my mother tongue is English). I speak it, understand it and write it pretty well according to many francophones who have seen my fluency in the language. So why do the language issues bother me, you may ask, if I am fluent in French? Because I want to live in peace, be happy and enjoy things the way they have been! I was born in Montreal and have been here all my life. Some may say, "Well, Linda, why don't you just move?" Easier said than done. Firstly, if I had the funds to do so I most likely would have done this a long time ago. Still, I am not so sure that running away will help to solve anything...and wherever I decide to run away to will have its own set of issues, as everywhere in the world has!
Let me just say that it is not only the anglophones who want peace and harmony here...many French do as well! It isn't that we mind having to speak French, but nobody wants it shoved down their throats and made to feel like second class citizens, as it were, should we decide to communicate in English.
The video I have chosen for this post "Relaxing Island Music".