2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.
1. I live in Quebec, Canada the part of Canada populated by descendants of French immigrants. French is the official language of Quebec. Our children all attended French elementary schools and they are now perfectly bilingual. My husband and I have friends who are bilingual, unilingual English and unilingual French. We conduct most of our business affairs in French. When I go shopping, for example, all the conversation with storekeepers, etc. is in French. I did not study French in school and only began to learn it when I moved to Quebec after getting married. I have an English accent when I speak French, whereas the rest of my family have no accent - because they learned the language from an early age.
2. While I appear fairly gregarious, I actually lean more to being an introvert. I am not a social butterfly, preferring small intimate gatherings over larger ones. I have learned in this extroverted North American culture to function on a similar level - but I really need and treasure my quiet, alone time.
3. I have a good sense of humour (some call it "wicked") and love to laugh and make others laugh. I probably spend too much time in the right side of my brain.
4. I love Japanese food. Italian food ranks up there too. Montreal is a fabulous city for dining out. Here, you do not eat and then proceed to a concert or a movie. Dining out is almost a religion among French Canadians, and the dining experience is meant to last the whole evening. We go out with the same 2 French Canadian couples every Friday night to try out new and different cuisines and restaurants. Come to Montreal and we'll show you a fine time!
5. When I was a child and teenager, I believed I would live forever on earth, that I had a direct line to God and to Truth, and that it was my duty to warn people that if they did not change their ways they would be destroyed at the Battle of Armageddon. Crazy? Delusional? Perhaps. More likely, misled and indoctrinated by the religion I was raised in, which would be known to you as Jehovah's Witnesses. Yes, I was one of those people coming around knocking on your door to get you to buy little religious books and magazines.
Every member of my immediate and extended family was a J.W., except for my father, who finally disappeared from our lives, to get away from the religion's choking clutches. I hated the meetings, Bible studies, and especially the requirement to go door-to-door. I was a shy child/teenager, and it mortified me to have to disturb people with information they clearly did not need or want. I felt trapped - unable to articulate my questions or preferences in an environment that discouraged any critical thinking. It took me several years to work up the courage to leave, because I knew none of my friends or relatives would be allowed to speak or associate with me if I did. My family and friends were fine people and I had difficulty contemplating a life without them.
It seemed my only choices were to pretend I wanted to be one of them and thereby keep my family and friends whom I loved; or, speak my truth, leave, and be cut off by my family and friends. I had already lost my father. I was loathe to lose my mother and sister and everyone else I held dear. I chose to stay for a while, but truly felt I was killing something inside by so doing.
6. I finally left the Witnesses when it came time to train my first child in their ways. I could not. I would not. I was considered an apostate for choosing to leave their God and their Truth, and as I expected was shunned by all my friends and family. My mother and sister did (against counsel from the religion's elders) maintain a friendly but superficial relationship with me. It was difficult at first, but I am so happy with the choice I made and my children often thank me for having made it.
7. Because of being raised a Jehovah's Witness, I am a late bloomer. Witnesses discourage higher education. They know it will expose you to a world of information and expose them as being the very false prophets they decry. And although I was offered scholarships for university, I went along with the "programme" and immersed myself in their door-to-door and Bible study activities. It was stultifying. Once free, I then proceeded to get a good education a little behind schedule - but better late than never. I did my graduate degrees at a French university.
There you go - more than you ever wanted to know about me. I introduce this information about my religious background, because one of my interests is the effect of fundamentalist religion on people who are indoctrinated in childhood. I will probably post on this at some point in the future.
And now, I am to pass this Kreatif Award on to 7 other bloggers. There are so many deserving people I don't know where to start and I know some people are not keen to receive these awards feeling they have already received enough. So I will choose 7 and if, per chance, you do not want to participate, that is of course up to you.
1. Aysegul at Turquoise Diaries
2. Steven at the golden fish
4. Calli at within shades of grey exists a place
5. Jill at Sneaky Momma Blog Design
6. Nancy at Life in the Second Half
7. Delwyn at A Hazy Moon