*TTC: Toronto Transit Commission
6:42 p.m. EST
I get on the northbound train for home, my backpack filled with groceries and other bits of shopping, and sit down. The train starts moving and as we pull into Rosedale Station, I hear a familiar tune emanating from a cellphone.
"Allison Dubois!" I think. "Her phone is ringing."
But just as quickly, I realize that Allison Dubois is a character in a TV series (albeit based on a real person) called Medium, which I watch every single week. Please note: Allison Dubois also has a French name.
I turn my head, and see a strapping young man open his cellphone. He listens, then says:
"Mais c'est où?" (But where is that?
He listens some more, and repeats his question. Finally he hangs up. As he does so I catch his eye.
"Vous êtes perdu?" I ask. (Are you lost?)
He looks startled, then sheepishly says "Non, pas du tout." (No, not at all)
To my right, I hear adolescent voices. Kids making silly jokes. I can't help laughing at one of them. Whereupon, one kid says to the other: "Elle a tout compris! (She understood everything)
By now you're saying, Did she say Toronto??
Yes, Toronto. Not all francophones live in Quebec!
Also in the train, a young soldier. I'm relieved to see he's in green fatigues, not desert fatigues. May be be safe always.