While living in America, I had the pleasure of hearing all the French jokes I could stand. Keep in mind that I can take a joke as good as anyone else. The problem was that the jokes weren’t really jokes as in ha, ha, ha. The jokes were nasty and mean. The jokesters knew nothing about the French or France. Yet, these jokesters laughingly called the French cowards and cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys. These people knew that my husband was French. These people knew that my children were Franco-American. These people actually thought I would think it was funny that they were making such crude jokes about my family. My family is not only American. My family is French. I don’t think they meant to hurt me. I think they wanted to poke fun at my husband and maybe even the fact that I, an American, married one of those French. I don’t know what they thought.
Maybe, more to the point these people didn’t think.
If they had. They would have realized that a wife and mother is not going to take someone poking fun at her husband and children very well.
Be careful what you say and who you are saying it to. Be careful that you know the people you are talking about before you open your mouth. Be careful you understand the history and culture of these people. Be careful that before you call a French a cheese-eating-surrender-monkey that you watch my video and visit the Douaumont Ossuary website.
Before you make any jokes about the French or anyone else for that matter be certain you know what you are laughing about. Maybe, just maybe, it is not funny at all.
The French fought. They fought hard.
The scars of this battle can be seen in the very earth even today.
To mock the death of these brave men is unforgivable. It is in no way humorous.
At the end of this video you will see where a village once stood. Now, all that is there is a sign with the name of the village on it and huge holes in the ground behind. I carry this memory with me. The memory of those huge holes filled with frozen water from the melting snow where bombs fell destroying centuries of life there.
It was chilling.
I have, also, included a picture of the words New York that can be found on the Ossuary…just to prove, once again, that the French are grateful to the Americans for aiding in the liberation of France during both wars. I hear that the French aren’t grateful to the Americans all the time. It is not true. If you have traveled to France you have already seen the momuments. If you have not traveled to France, you should. You will find French gratitude all throughout France on one monument or another. In the Cathedral of Strasbourg there are words of gratitude to American soldiers on a wall just near the famous clock.