Canadians are Different:
Illustrating "Showing not Telling"
are different from other nationalities in a few interesting ways. Since
I’ve travelled quite a bit, I’ve noticed some things about us that make
us different. One of these relates to lining up. Canadians are quite
orderly. When a line forms, people will often ask politely, “Is this
the end of the line?” and then wait patiently. Yes, very patiently
actually. It is rare to hear anyone complain if a line is moving
slowly, or even if it is not moving at all. Of course, this applies
only to standing, and not to driving where Canadians behave quite
differently! Another way we behave differently is in our homes. Many
cultures have an “open door” at their house; this is not true for most
Canadians. Once, a student of mine arrived to my home one Saturday
afternoon without any notice. I didn’t know what to do. After a few
uncomfortable minutes, he realized that he was not welcomed, as he was
when we had had the student party earlier that month. I felt
embarrassed for him, since he had not realized how “private” our homes
are to us. If we invite you, then you are most welcome, however.
Tonight, I learned about more interesting and unusual behaviours of
ours through the eyes of new Canadians.