The USA was shocked the other day when reminded for the umpteenth time by Canada that Germany views them as a perfectly real and rather powerful first world nation.
The USA then felt embarrassed about being shocked because all of that is sort of ‘safely assumed’ ‘goes without saying’ about what Canada is like. The USA was confronted by emotions one has when instead of trying to keep up with the Jones, the Jones can’t quite keep up…I mean, fortunately that’s how it seems from the American perspective about Canada….but Canada doesn’t really see it that way.
Canada smooches Germany?!
Canada felt slightly, but not severely nonplussed when the USA offended them again. Canada took solace in Germany’s 2nd post-WW2 generation of “Not NaZis, but still speaking the German language” kindness and more respectful manner towards them.
Canada snubs the USA
Canada decided to sit next to Germany at the picnic. Educated Germany can speak enough English and also provides universal health coverage. Canada shared with Germany the rumor that the USA had a per capita consumption of more than double the rate of the next nearest nation: the big hog of the globe, they said.
Male & Female USA
Male USA pretended to not notice and didn’t believe the rumor. Male USA felt superior to both Canada and Germany. Female USA felt embarrassed by male USA but still needs his money and help raising the children. She realized that the criticism made by Canada and Germany might have some truth to it.
In truth, blog readers, I was told that Canada noticed me today, so I wanted to say something to you.
Recently, I have learned a little more about Metallurgy, but not nearly as thoroughly as I would from having an entire course with the lab. I am just reading a college freshman textbook – intro material.
Often I write university rather than college as a compromise and acknowledgement to the English and Canadians at least, especially the English, for whom college is between high school and university. For Americans it makes no sense, but an American still recognizes that university is just that. The only confusion there is that for Americans and many Canadians college means a private school that can give out degrees of some or all of the same levels as universities.
There are times when we might face what is known as ‘the same difference’ and ‘not the same difference’. Level of education and the private versus public issue: that is not the same difference.
Today, I was able to spend 40 minutes studying German grammar. Hoo – wee. Weird situation to be in. I feel it was beneficial. It was about a number of features of the German language, especially when one wants to be literate in the language. It was reasonably fun.
I realize that I do like to be happy, even if it means accepting that I was not correct about everything. I think some readers will know what I am getting at right away but others will find that to just be some weird comment. I know that I like to be right – as in correct. One of the most challenging aspects of having moved to Germany is dealing with being wrong so much because of the ignorance about the language and such. It is so humbling it is borderline humiliating at times. I suppose it is a good review for how we all need the compassion of both self and other to get through life in ‘a better space’ …whether that is ‘head space’ or ‘outer space’.
Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, animal-lover, spiritualist. Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book, or baking up a storm.