Do you think it’s important to be ‘politically correct’ these days ?
We may be considered to be ‘politically incorrect’ out here in our little outport, but we don’t care.
I was shocked when we first arrived, and a lovely young waitress brought my husband his dinner at a charming restaurant.
She said : ‘Here you are, my love’, as she set his plate down.
I glared at her ! I thought that she was being flirtatious with my husband, as he is very handsome, but this was not the case.
Everyone here calls each other words of endearment like : ‘my love, my darling, my dear, my honey, or occasionally, ‘sugar’.
Sometimes I am also called ‘my angel’.
This is the rural Newfoundland way, and it often surprises visitors that we speak to each other , and to strangers using these terms.
This is part of the genuine kindness and friendliness of rural Newfoundlanders.
However, I also warn our community members who are visiting mainland Canada never to call a stranger ‘my darling’. This would be considered seriously politically incorrect, and could cause trouble for sure.
As I researched this post, I found that, sure enough, a growing number of people live in a state of being ‘chronically offended’. When surveyed, people reported feeling demeaned and patronized if a stranger called them ‘my dear’. However, the endearments we regularly use around here are not influenced by whether or not they are politically correct. These terms are a longstanding part of our culture.
Life is slow-moving out here, and gentle. And yes, it’s true, many of us are not quite sure what ‘politically correct’ means, anyway.
I am happy to live in a place where people so kind. Our island’s official motto is Matthew 6:33 – ‘Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God’.
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