We've had a wonderful weekend enjoying France and all of its rich
culture. I really feel like I am on a vacation here in Strasbourg,
just soaking up as much French as I can. The French people love
to eat, talk, and eat some more. I guess that's why I feel like
I fit in here so well!
As is the case for any Sunday, all of the stores and little shops
were closed. I sat by the Rhine River, reading my book and watching
the boats float around the canal. Today is the day that the French
celebrate Mother's Day. I noticed that the women were taking a break
from the stresses of life.
Everywhere I looked, people were out lying on the riverbanks or
stretched out on the park benches enjoying their afternoon. It's
amazing how the French people are never in a hurry, but it’s
not that they’re lazy. We just don't understand their culture
and how time is relative here, just like space is relative in American
Another thing that I've noticed since I've been here in Strasbourg
is the role that the citizens play in raising children. The French
feel that everyone in the city must help raise a couple's child.
I've seen women stop a child on the street and lecture that child
on how to behave, even though they are not related to that child.
You would never see that happen in the United States. We have an
attitude that no one tells me how to raise my son/daughter, whereas
in France the parents are appreciative for any help by strangers
in raising their children. It takes an entire community in France
to raise a child.