Vivre en harmonie

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I live on the part of Route 148, where my neighbours are of Italian, German, Dutch, French Quebec, me of Slovak plus many others, descent. We look after each other, live together and communicate. We respect each other because we have earned each other’s respect. Our children were brought up and educated in the French language.

I live on the part of Route 148, where my neighbours are of Italian, German, Dutch, French Quebec, me of Slovak plus many others, descent. We look after each other, live together and communicate. We respect each other because we have earned each other’s respect. Our children were brought up and educated in the French language.
Of course, we experienced the ‘hundred’ years impact of the language battles dilemma, so often remembered like a bad dream.
If I may suggest to the hard-core
polemicists: be tolerant with us, we do our best to give you the chance to get to know and appreciate us for who we are, and how we contribute to Quebec or Canada.
We are immigrants, and we have a lot more obstacles to deal with than to answer to the completeness of our adaptation by language, on top of our lives being many times perplexed over and over with the familiar “NO” answer, which every immigrant is more than familiar, on many levels.
I have heard it (“no”) over and over and in variable forms in my almost half a
century here; until I found the most
progressive and open-minded community, a community with vision and understanding, this West Quebec community. I have
witnessed this in a different kind of a
language, the language of Art, and I was embraced by the community. It is the most undiscriminating language in the world, which speaks to all humans and of
all descents. I treasure a photo of one of
my sculptures in Japan surrounded by admirers of several nationalities!
We all have to realize that it is not only our loss if we are not able to contribute with our best traits and treats, our best qualities, it is a loss to all of us, sometimes even beyond our borders.
So, I ask you, what are we leaving for our children, what kind of legacy for this XXI-st century? Another hundred years of polemics? 
Rasto Hlavina
LUSKVILLE