Friday, October 28, 2011
The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read, "Welcome to America- SPEAK ENGLISH". I was offended, but busy with the kids so I passed it by. But hours later it came to mind again and instantly tears were streaming down my face- which shocked me. But I just felt particularly frustrated and hurt- because we are friends with a family who moved here from Africa about a year ago, with absolutely NO English knowledge, and I've seen how incredibly hard it has been for them to learn. Their children are seemingly effortless in their work to learn English- they've actually begun to forget French completely. But for the parents, it is very, very hard. And it is a matter of absolute NECESSITY to learn it, so they can work.
I'm so impressed with how much they've learned- they are huge role models for me to not ever complain or limit myself about ANYTHING- because they are doing what they have to do, and doing it well, so I can too. I have learned SO MUCH from the refugee families I've met this year.
But that bumper sticker implies things that are small-minded, and misinformed. And now that our good friends are learning English, they'll be able to read it too.
I don't need to explain why the sticker made me angry. I just needed to post about it so I can get it out of my mind. Done.