How are you? I hope you have been in good health since last month and that you are receiving our words, our love and our support.
The past month, and the past weeks especially, brought slightly warmer winds and a few small glimmers of spring here in Montreal. We’re not fooled, though — it always snows in March, even April. I’ve learned to keep my hopes for spring low until May, when you can tell the buds on the trees are too strong to be defeated with frost.
It’s been a quiet month, otherwise. I’ve spent most of my time teaching — English and French, mostly to new immigrants here in Montreal. I enjoy this work. I find it very satisfying to do something to help people arriving in this city to find their place. And learning a new language is always such a delightful — if often frustrating and humbling — process!
Which is why I am looking forward to broadening my own language horizons as well soon. I’m starting up Arabic classes again next week, after a few months off. This time around, I’ll be learning from an old friend and colleague from Algeria. We used to work together at a Canadian history museum here in Montreal; he as a security guard, me at ticket sales. But because the museum was often empty, we would spend a lot of time chatting, which usually meant trading perspectives on the world. But those conversations always took place in French… I’m looking forward to new ones in Arabic!
I look forward to a day when we can speak too, in whatever language suits us! I hope you know that I am thinking of you and sending you my wishes of hope and health and resilience. I’m telling my friends, family and wider networks about you. You are not alone!
Take good care, and till next time.
With friendship and solidarity,