Many years ago, in the 1990's, one day while I was working (at that time I worked in a pet supply store...only selling the products, NO animals, as I encouraged my customers to adopt and not shop), I had a migraine headache one afternoon. An elderly lady who was a customer of mine asked me, "Linda, what did you eat for lunch today?" I told her I had a peanut butter sandwich and some fruit. She said to me, "I'll bet it was the peanut butter." So I took a couple of Tylenol and forgot all about it. About a week later, I got another migraine headache...and this time, same thing, I had eaten peanut butter. Not just any peanut butter, though, it was Kraft peanut butter. I started to realize there was a pattern, so I stopped eating peanut butter...but one day I was in a grocery store, when I saw Jif peanut butter. I bought it and noticed that I got no migraine headaches when I ate the Jif peanut butter, but only the Kraft one. Interesting. So I just continued purchasing Jif. That is, until one day it disappeared off all the grocery store shelves in Montreal (to my dismay). Sadly, it is no longer available in my area and I really miss it. Another product that used to be available here in Montreal, many, many years ago, and that I really love, is Prell shampoo. Sadly, this disappeared off store shelves.
I love living in Quebec, and I was born here in Montreal and have lived here all my life. Quebec is a beautiful province. It is actually THE largest of the 10 provinces in Canada (in area, that is). There is just so much to see and do here. Quebec is the only French only province in Canada, the other provinces are both French and English, as Canada is a bilingual country. Don't get me wrong, I am not by any means disappointed about this...however, I need to point out that although my mother tongue is English I am fluent in French, which helps considerably, as I am able to help tourists who do not speak French...and even those who do speak French, so it's all good. The only thing is that there are some products that may be available in other provinces, such as Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, etc., that may not be available here in Quebec. Why? Well, in order for products to be available in Quebec, there has to be French descriptions on the labels or services...here is an example. I have noticed that Wonder Bread is available here in Canada in other provinces but not here in Quebec. So sometimes we are unable to get U.S. products because there is no French information on them, and sometimes companies or stores just don't have the resources or time to invest in ensuring there is French on them.
Again, don't get me wrong, because we have many U.S. companies and items here, and they do very well! Wendy's, McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, (KFC...and, in French, PFK - Poulet Frit a la Kentucky). Target made an attempt to do business in Canada but failed miserably. In my opinion, they should have come on a gradual basis, opening just 2 or 3 stores to test the market. What did they do? They took over all the Zellers stores, (which was a large Canadian retail chain) and after less than two years they ended up pulling out.
Wal-Mart is here and has been for years and also does very well. It's all about adapting to a new country, new area, and yes, a new language...French.
So if you live in another country and wish to go to France and enjoy some French culture, why not come to Canada - specifically Quebec? It is really beautiful here and Montreal is the second largest primarily French speaking city in the world, (after Paris) :)
Thank you all for taking the time to read this. :)
The videos I have chosen for this post are:
Divers Rescue Giant Manta Ray from Fishing Line
Christmas Symphony - Prince's Orchestra (1912)
White Christmas - Gustav Winckler
How People with Different Occupations Play the Piano - Victor Borge
Trying to Save Friend, Man Saves 60 Others Instead
For the following, I am providing the link sources beneath each photo. You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.
Just in case you need a reminder today, there is nothing wrong with you. We are all different and you are just perfect!