Bonjour, tout le monde. Aujourd’ hui, je suis ecrivez en Francais parce que c’est la Fête Nationale de France.
Hello to all my English speaking crusaders. Just to catch you up, today is la Fête Nationale, le quatorze juillet, or as you probably know it, Bastille Day. To put it another way, it’s the French Fourth of July, so brace yourselves for some rusty Frenglish. Aux francophones, je suis désolé. J’ai essayé.
Today is more than an excuse to break out your beret, belt some Les Mis (different revolution, but still appropriate), revisit your high school French, and eat copious amounts of pastry, bread, and cheese. Although, feel free to do all those things, preferably while perfecting a terrible impression of a French accent.
National holidays that celebrate independence are a bit tricky. Freedom for some never means freedom for all. That’s not to say they shouldn’t be celebrated, we just maybe need to adjust our focus. After all, for many even in our own “independent” countries, true freedom is still very much a dream (ou un rêve).
On days like this we should remember and celebrate what we’ve gained and also what we’re still fighting for.
And that’s all I’ve got for you tout le monde. Get out there et passez un bon dimanche.
More on the Story: If you’d like to put some argent ($) where your bouche is, you can donate here (ACLU) and help out those still fighting for freedom.
…just for fun:
Once again, different revolution but Crosswalk the Musical is always appropriate…