caterwauls are my screams in the night from the back fence,
aimed at the inequitable situations in our present society and the ridiculousness of life's paths........
With a little silliness too . . . for sanity.
In a busy Parisian café, a Quebec tourist is sitting alone, enjoying a crème caramel. Another tourist approaches:
May I sit here?
Thank you, very nice...
Are you on vacation?
Yes, I arrived yesterday.
What country are you from?
Quebec? I don't know Quebec...
Quebec... near the Atlantic, next to Ontario, the Great Lakes...
No, I don't know these places.
Never mind then, I'm from Canada.
Ah! Canada! Canada I know! So why you tell me you
come from Quebec?
Because, my first country is Quebec!
Oh, you were born in Quebec and immigrated to Canada?
No, no, I was born in Quebec and I stayed in Quebec.
Oh, then your father is from Canada?
No, no, my father, my mother, my wife, my dog,
everybody, they come from Quebec....
So why you say Canada?
For Christ sake, because you say you don't know
where is Quebec!
OK, but if you say you not know Norway, I not say that my country is Japan.
Shit! Canada isn't Japan. Canada, it's my country.
Oh, your country not Quebec anymore?
My country is Quebec. But my country, it can be Canada,
too, if the person I'm speaking to not know where
is Quebec, Tabarnak!
I don't understand.
Look, it's simple: I come from the Province of Quebec,
in the country of Canada.
But I didn't ask you what Province you're from, I ask you what Country
you're from. Me, I come from Lofoten region in Norway, but I answer you
Norway when you ask me what country I come from.
I know, I'm not stupid, Calisse! But me, when they ask me
what country I come from, I answer Quebec. Even if it's
the name of my Province. For me, it's my Country.
Oh, now I understand. You are a separatist, you want
your Quebec province to be your country.
Are you crazy, Hostie? I don't want to know nothing
from that shit!
I do not understand anything anymore!
I tell you before, it's simple! You ask me what country I
from, I answered Quebec because Quebec is my country, but I don't
really want it to be my country, it would be too much trouble. I just
want to say it. So,
why don't you just let me say it?
I'm all mixed up. You have passport from what country:
Quebec or Canada?
So why you not tell me Canada right away?
Because it don't feel right. For me, Canada is Anne Murray,
Calgary Stampede, the Mounted Police, SARS, it's not my home all that.
Home, it's La Famille Plouffe, Seraphin Poudrier, La P'tite Vie, Felix
Leclerc, La Poune, Les Canadiens de Montreal, Les Bougons... Do you
Less and less...
Listen, forget all that shit. Ask me another question.
Ok, what town you come from?
Mmm... I don't know anymore!
You not know what town you come from?
yes, I know what town I come from, but my town it merged with another
town, but soon it is going to demerge from the town that was supposed to
be my town.
Oh, that very complicated! When you write your address,
what do you write?
don't know anymore. Before, I used to write Hull, but Hull changed to
Gatineau, but they tell us to wait 3 years before stopping to write Hull
to not mix up the mailman. But now, the Liberals they pass a law that
make it okay for Gatineau to be Hull again, but I don't know if we have
to wait 3 years to be able to write Hull, or when the 3 years are
passed, if we have to write Gatineau for 3 years, and after we write
Hull. Unless, of course, the PQ come back in power and we remerge with
Gatineau, then we'll have to write Gatineau for 3 years.
I'll leave now; I my head hurts...
It's so simple, Tabarnak: My town is Hull, my country is Quebec. But if you prefer, my town is Gatineau and mycountry is Canada.
OK, I think I understand!
It's about time. Anyway, it was fun talking to you, if you come around where I live; maybe you come and see me.
OK, but where? Hull in Quebec or Gatineau in Canada?
You're a pain in the ass. Forget the whole thing.
That, my friends, may be the most accurate portrait of Quebec that you will ever get! (author unknown)