Where are you from?
Well now, that’s hard to say, since I’ve moved around a lot.
Let’s see, I was born in Thunder Bay, and when I just shy of 11, we moved to Fort Frances (northwestern Ontario). Just when things were starting to get comfortable there, I moved to Iqaluit, which was still part of the NWT back then. I loved it there, but I finished high school two years later, so I moved on again, this time to Germany for a year. Then to Ottawa for university, where I met my husband Michael. When we graduated, his work took us to Fort Liard in the NWT, and then four years later my work took us to Whitehorse.
So where am I from? Not really from anywhere in particular, so I always say that home is where the Michael is (and now Jade and Halia, too!)
No, I mean, I can’t figure out what your background is.
(*chuckles*) That happens all the time. I know, I have a confusing look…
Are you aboriginal?
No, I’m sorry to say that I’m not, though many people assume I am. The elders in Iqaluit would often try to speak to me in Inuktitut. The closest I can come is with my middle name, which is sort of a Mohawk name.
My dad is German (with a French mother) and my mom is Chinese (she grew up in Taiwan). How truly Canadian is that?
So what languages can you speak, then?
My mother tongue is actually Mandarin, but I’ve forgotten a lot of it because I graduated from high school and moved out of my parents’ house when I was 16, so it’s been more than a decade since I’ve used it on a daily basis. I also speak English (obviously), French from doing French Immersion in Thunder Bay, and German, which I learned in the year I lived there.
I think I’m extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to learn so many languages, although I must admit to having very bad grammar in all of them except English!
I hear you’re a musician. What do you play?
The first instrument I learned was piano, for which I started lessons just before I turned four – yes you can start that early! I’m a good sight reader, but can’t play by ear to save my life. Something I’m working on.
I played the trombone for one year, and I’ve got one in my living room but I couldn’t play you much more than a Reveille these days. I also played in percussion group (xylophone, rhythm sticks, triangles!) when I lived in Germany.
What I love most of all is to sing. I’ve never had formal training, but I like to think that I have some natural talent.
Now, much as I love to talk about myself, I think I hear Jade waking up from her nap, so we’ll have to continue this another time. And then I’ll get to ask you all the questions!
In the meantime, why not leave a comment and tell me something about yourself?