Canadian, and not sorry

In a conversation at my office, one co-worker shared a story about his son-in-law who was born in England but has been in Canada for the past ten years. My co-worker reported that when his son-in-law returns to Great Britain now, the people tell him he speaks with a Canadian accent, even though his accent sounds decidedly British to Canadian ears.

As he spoke, he turned to another man who came to Canada from Beijing. He asked him, “When you return to China, do people say you sound Canadian?”

The man thought for second and then said, “No, they don’t comment on my accent, but I do find myself saying ‘Sorry’ a lot.”

Ha.

Our compassion is contagious. It makes me proud, and not the least bit sorry.

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on December 15, 2015, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, Gratitude, How do you define success?, Inspiration, life and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You’ve encompassed what makes Canada so strong. You’ve given us two immigrants, each from a different part of the world, whose accents reflect their two homes, the one they left behind and the one they now live in. And one, at least, has grasped our Canadian sense of humour and compassion.

  2. Sense of humour too. You’re right. I hadn’t thought of that aspect of it.

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