Friday, October 15, 2010
I think that I like Canada, I really do. It's very disconcerting, though: hearing French, and people being really (really really) nice to you, all at the same time. True reaction: when I got off the plane and heard my first official French over the loud-speaker, I immediately panicked that I hadn't called the hotel to let them know I would be there after 9 p.m. - immediately; hadn't thought about the possibility of them canceling the room until that very moment. Official France always makes me feel small; intimate France (our friends) make me feel like all thoughts and feelings are possible. Dichotomy. Now I have to think complicated thoughts about France, as this strike over the possibility of bumping the retirement age up two years gears up. Part of me admires the absolute conviction that the government is lying about the math, the absolute conviction that there is enough to go around, we just have to keep redistributing the wealth; part of me just wants them to just stop already and let our dear friend make his way home to his kids in the States (and everyone else actually live their lives). Strikes have always seemed like a big collective holding one's breath - I've come to trust that France won't pass out, but I still worry! Ok, to bed in my big comfy hotel bed - who knows what thoughts await tomorrow?