I'm the kind of person who skips to the conversation when reading a book.
“Caddy is from Canada,” Hannah told Grace and me. Caddy is a very sweet little girl on Hannah’s swim team.
“Caddy from Canada,” repeated Grace. “That sounds funny. Does she say -ay alot?” She was referring to Canadian up-speak, that rising inflection that some Canadians do, including ending the sentence with a question-marked “eh”.
“No,” answered Hannah. “She has lived here for three years so she has learned not to.”
“How did you know she was Canadian, then?” asked Grace, as if upspeak was the only way to identify a Canadian.
“But Charlie sometimes calls the bathroom a washroom. Does that make him Canadian?” I asked. Charlie recently graduated from a four-year school in Canada so he has spent a fair amount of time there.
“He has learned some Canadian,” Hannah said.
I guess that the essence of Canada has something to do with the washroom. The things I learn from my kids!