Do you want to feel ridiculous? Go try and tell someone who is enjoying a meal that they aren’t eating like a Canadian. Now try telling that to a seven-year old boy.
That’s exactly what happened to Luc Cagadoc, a grade two student in Montreal who dared to eat his lunch at school in the traditional Filipino style he had learned at home. Because he used a fork to mash his food and push it into his spoon, the school’s lunch monitor described him as “disgusting” and eating like a “pig”, and sent him to eat alone at another table.
But this wasn’t just the actions of one lunch monitor. The school’s principal told the boy’s mother that they lived in Canada, and were required to eat like Canadians. Apparently, there is an official way to eat in Canada. Does this mean then that there are also regulated napkin sizes? Or minimum chews per mouthful? Or perhaps we will start distributing an official Canadian Knife and Fork set to recently landed immigrants?