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So this weekend I had the luxury of JP spending some time with his grandparents, which means I got to spend my weekend cleaning and organizing because that’s what I always do before the school year begins. No weekend of organizing comes without a trip to Sam’s Club to pick up some much needed snacks to prepare awesome school lunches with.

One of the things I made a point to look at while I was there were the Tyson Chicken Nuggets. After checking out the instore demo that was taking place this weekend, I was looking for more info on how to be a hunger hero with Tyson Champion for Kids because I heard that Tyson will donate 4oz of protein for every bag sold! Check out a demo in your area – There will be more demos on 8/29 and 8/30 from 11-2pm at select Sam’s Clubs.

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I love helping my community and Tyson products are deelish, so it was really easy to decide!

Not only that, Tyson products are so convenient to use with their easy-tear bag and ziplock seal.

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You even get an impressive amount of chicken nuggets for the cost! It’s definately an ideal choice to purchase bulk items like this for a large family.

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 JP loved his chicken nugget meal and even had a method of his own for eating it…

First you dunk it in the mustard…

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…Then you dunk it in the ketchup….

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….Then you get ready to take a big bite…

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And then you eat!

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Safety precautions should be for ALL – Not just for the Francophones – PERIOD.

Today, I’m about to get a little political on you because being here at home visiting in my native Montreal, my heart and my mind just can’t seem to let this one go. And I’m not talking about American politics, because that’s an entire creature of its own. Today, I’m talking about Quebec and French Canadian politics.

Because I live in Dallas, I’m kind of of out the loop when it comes to hearing the ridiculous stories about our language police harassing small businesses for not having signage in French (like this business), or not being greeted in French first by the employees upon entering the store. That’s totally besides the point of what I’m trying to talk about today – but it’s just for my American friends to understand the level of insanity that our language issues can go to. Yes, you read that correctly, our province has language police – yes, you can stop laughing now.

Being born and raised here in Montreal, I have no problems with using French – and I am proud to be bilingual in both languages. I feel like a more enriched person that I can speak and understand 2 different languages – bully for me! But let me get to the point of my story…

Last week, while we were visiting, one of the first stops that was important for me to take my four year old son, was my old happy place, LaRonde. Now known as SixFlags, It was once known to me as the local summer amusement park for all Montrealers alike, also known as Man in his World, and home to Expo67 which was built to celebrate all the different cultures and cuisines. This is what it looked like in it’s golden years of the late 1960′s and early 1970′s. I found the photos on the awesome Facebook page that shows random pics from Montreal during the 19th and 20th century.

Photo Credit: 1970 La Ronde, Archives de la Ville de Montréal, VM94-EX276-1182 Via Photos de Montréal et Scènes Urbaines 19e et 20e Siècle on Facebook

Photo Credit: 1970 La Ronde, Archives de la Ville de Montréal, VM94-EX276-1182 Via Photos de Montréal et Scènes Urbaines 19e et 20e Siècle on Facebook

1967 Vue sur des pavillons Expo 67, sources, photo de Bill Dutfield, Flickr Via Photos de Montréal et Scènes Urbaines 19e et 20e Siècle on Facebook

1967 Vue sur des pavillons Expo 67, sources, photo de Bill Dutfield, Flickr Via Photos de Montréal et Scènes Urbaines 19e et 20e Siècle on Facebook

Anywho, going back to present day – We arrived late in the afternoon, to enjoy the evening in the park when there would be fewer children, making the line wait slim to none. JP immediately found his favorite kiddy ride, and decided that he only wanted to ride that one over and over. His little feet ran faster than his little legs could carry him, as he sped to the front of the line, to embark on the ride. I, the proud mama – stood back with my camera and telephoto lens attached to catch his every expression – as I always do.

The ride operator began her safety speech in French, which was basically ‘keep your arms inside at all times… blah blah.. Do not jump off, please wait for me to help you” etc. I half expected her to repeat these important details in English, but I knew better – I was in Quebec. Since my little guy never heard much French before in his life, this is the look he flashed the operator when she gave the safety speech

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I can only imagine what is really going through his head.. Can we say blank stare? I mean, after all – when it all boils down, my kid really is just another American tourist in a very French place.

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I don’t know if it’s just me, but I can see it written all over his face – “Oh, hello. Did you say something to me? I’m not sure I got that….?”

As his mom, I felt compelled to translate every word that the ride operator said to the children. Were these not safely precautions – being GIVEN TO CHILDREN? Just because it’s Quebec, and the majority of kids here speak French, does not mean that American tourist kids (like mine) understand what in the world they are saying. Last time I checked, Canada’s official languages are both French AND English. I went as far as sending a nice little tweet, just to see what LaRonde would have to say for themselves, and my answer was as expected. None.

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Needless to say, nothing bad happened to him and he had a wonderful time riding the ride over and over and over again. After many laughs and giggles, we stayed awhile.

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Not once did I feel scared for his safety, or I would have never let him on the ride in the first place. For me, it was principal – why do the only the French speaking get to hear the safety precautions?  How difficult is it to repeat the same words in english too – just to cover any possible tourists and Anglophones like myself? You would think Six Flags would have better sense than that, in light of the tragedy that occurred over at six flags over Texas in Arlington.

Safety should be for ALL

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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