Thursday, May 25, 2006

Who Says I Have an Accent?

For years and years people have tried to figure out where I am from by my "accent". What most people determine is that I really don't have one. I don't sound like my southern parents, Massachusetts where I grew up, Western NY where I went to college or New Jersey, my current home.

This week I was reading in one ofthe advice columns, a lot of discussion about how to comment on someone's accent in a positive way, especially if they are from another country. Little did I think this would pertain to me so soon.

As I sat down to dinner last night outside of Toronto and started talking with the server, the first thing he said was "I know you are American by your accent!!".

I may not sound like a region of the US, but apparently I don't sound Canadian either!

It was a great experience....always good to walk in someone else's shoes.