A French-American perspective on politics, culture, current events, religion, languages, and education
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Iraqi Kids Running for Water Bottle.
This may be a trivial moment in the light of the terrible context of the bloodshed and the killing of young U.S. soldiers and innocent Iraqis, but still, I find it hard to watch. The running kids are obviously not playing games.
Somewhere beneath all the inane clichés that politicians and the media bandy about, there lies a true Franco-American relationship that stems from a deep appreciation and fascination with each other's language, culture and society. This is where we live, below the radar, exploring the mundane, finding pleasure in the details, and sharing our passion for another culture with our students. We are educators, teaching English in Paris and French in Boston. Trained and training at the Sorbonne and Harvard, respectively, we choose here to let our café conversation spill out onto the sidewalk. Others should feel free to eavesdrop or join the conversation through comments.