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17 February 2015 @ 05:23 pm
These Kids, Man.  
So, yesterday I get a phone call from Little Girl Cousin wanting to know if she could borrow a dress. She came over to look through my closet and I asked what she needed it for. She has to do a presentation for History Class about a great historical woman. She picked Mary Seacole, who was a Jamaican born woman in the 1800s of Scottish and Creole descent. During the Crimea Wars, she tried to register to volunteer as a nurse, but was refused. Determined, she set up a ‘hotel’ behind the war lines that provided food and beds to the sick and treatment for the wounded. Anyways, I showed LGC several dresses and we decided on the brown and pink one. It is actually from the girl’s section, so looser fitting which is both more age appropriate - (she is ten now!) - and time period appropriate for her character. Soft, cotton, brown, flowing dress, with pink collar and a pink bow and a scoop neck. Because of the scoop neck and the loose fit, I also loaned her a white long-sleeve undershirt and a pair of black tights. I told her to keep in mind that for about the next two years, we would be roughly the same size and she could borrow anything she wants. Probably until high school and then she’ll be way too tall for my clothes. I got all excited thinking that she might wear one of my dresses to her first school dance or something.

Also, The Canadian Nephew has been having some stress because, as he is bilingual with English and French, his sister told him that they were not suppose to speak English at daycare. So the kid is all scared to talk at daycare now, because he always switches between languages when talking and is he afraid he might get in trouble. One of his little daycare friends - whose family is also bilingual and who speak English at home - invited TCN to his birthday party. This is TCN’s first birthday party invite - (he is 3 ½ now) - and I guess he was a bit confused about the language thing, because he was told this family speaks English at home, but this kid is from his daycare, where his sister has convinced him they are never to speak English at all. So the night before the party, my brother hears TCN crying out in his sleep and he goes in the room to find the little guy yelling out, “No! No! I only speak English!” Omg, my little dude was having a stress dream. I wish they lived closer, I need to give him a hug!

That is all.
 
 
 
Jo Ann: Crying childyeuxdebleu on February 18th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
How confusing for that poor little boy. I hope he doesn't end up traumatized by the experience. I think it's wonderful that he's growing up bilingual.
dodger_sister: wee!sammydodger_sister on February 25th, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC)
How confusing for that poor little boy. I hope he doesn't end up traumatized by the experience. I think it's wonderful that he's growing up bilingual.

I think he'll be okay, but I hope his sister got in trouble for telling him that and scaring the crap out of him. The daycare workers all speak French, so they won't understand if he speaks English, but he certainly won't be in trouble for it. The bilingual thing is great for them, but has been hard for us because we only understand half of what comes out of their mouths! lol In Quebec, where they live, the language is mainly French, but since my brother is American and speaks English, they are getting both!
lindahoylandlindahoyland on February 18th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
That is lovely about the dress.

Stupid nursery! It is great when children grow up bilingual.
dodger_sister: wee!sammydodger_sister on February 25th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
That is lovely about the dress.

I am always complimenting Little Girl Cousin on her clothes - she is the best dresser! She told me she likes to design clothes on an app she has and that she wants to be an artist and I suggested she look into fashion design and she got excited about that.

Stupid nursery! It is great when children grow up bilingual.

I don't think the people at the daycare would care if Canadian Nephew speaks English, they just won't understand him, as they all speak French. But his sister got him all riled up thinking he would be in trouble for it! I think it is great that they speak both languages and will make their choices in the future much easier for them, whether it is to move to a majorly English speaking part of Canada or to move to the US when they grow up.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on February 25th, 2015 05:40 am (UTC)
Canada is fucked up.

(jk)
dodger_sister: wee!sammydodger_sister on February 25th, 2015 08:30 pm (UTC)
Canada is fucked up.

Dude, agreed. That's why my tag for my brother's family is 'blame canada'. lol

I honestly don't think the daycare workers would care if he spoke English there, they just only speak French so they wouldn't understand him. I think my niece was just getting that boy all riled up for nothing! But it doesn't change the fact that Canada is a strange ass place! ;)