Where I’m From

I am from…

…metal clip-on roller skates but mostly from Barbie dolls. From Kraft, CCM bikes and peanut butter toasts in front of Bugs Bunny cartoons and always having to get up to change the channel. I am from red bricks, white aluminum, and split leveled blandness with a never ending insecure desire to please.

I am from the rosebush stuck behind the backdoor, neglected, slammed upon but always blooming with beautiful red flowers.

I am from the annual roasted pig we lovingly called Arnold and drunken laughter, from the Lebel’s and the Grenon’s to the Lapointe’s and the Bigras. I am from the city we call the moon for its lack of trees and rocky roughness and a nation’s Capital where sidewalks are rolled up after business hours. But will always call home the city that gave birth to the Habs.

From do-as-your-told, eat-your-brussel-sprouts, go-ask-your-mother and clean-up-your-room

I am from organ rehearsals every Saturday morning at the Catholic church and stolen cookies from the nuns’ kitchen.

I’m from a confusing world where uttering something as simple as “Bonjour” could land a teacher behind bars. From “Fais dodo” and toe stomping songs with the ruine-babines inviting you to join in unison.

From the meat pies, cretons, maple syrup, pâté de foie, and card games where my aunts and uncles stuck them on their foreheads laughing wildly as they grabbed another 50. I am from summers with cousins spent at French River, dreams of city lights, fitting in and community pools where we mold young leaders to take on the world.

This is taken from MamaKat‘s writing prompt or this template here. Of course I had to change it up a little bit… but I tried to follow the rules as best as I could. I am after all a hard headed misfit and I know you would expect no less of me.


20 thoughts on “Where I’m From”

  1. I really love this. It has me intrigued. Why would saying “Bonjour” land a teacher behind bars?
    And what sort of cookies do nuns enjoy?


    1. Here’s a watered down explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_17

      We had it easier than the maritimes. But this was when England was doing everything it could to colonize and imperialize and destroy our culture. It is an important part of my historical heritage – what has shaped our communities… I’m glad things have changed, but I doubt the struggles of Canada’s linguistic minority will never end. This coming from a country with official linguistic duality and us being a founding partner… Sigh. Don’t get me going! 😉


  2. You tell a very vivid story of where you come from. I am addicted to peanut butter toast and I love the music of the Fais dodo, although I am mostly familiar with the Louisiana variety (which is derived from your neck of the woods!). I enjoyed this piece very much!


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