Many of my female friends and acquaintances (like, at least a half-dozen), are currently dating or married to non-Canadians. While these British, Australian, American and German men are all charming people and excellent companions, this phenomenon makes me feel like I’m in high school again.
In high school, it always irritated me that the girls in my grade would always date older boys. When I was in Grade 10, all the Grade 10 girls were dating Grade 11 and 12 boys. Resultingly, I’d end up pursuing Grade 9 girls, which was fine as I’d skipped a grade and they were probably still more mature than me. Still, it always irked me that these senior boys would, you know, raid our stock.
The same goes for foreign men. What are they doing, with their charming accents, their ‘crikeys’ and their ‘puckas’, coming out to the colonies looking for a bride? What’s weird is that I don’t know a single man who’s dating or married to a non-Canadian woman. What’s up with that? Why is there a gender gap here?
This is only tangentially-related, but that whole charming accent thing only goes one way. Us Canadians moisten our undies for a lilting Irish or an upper-crust British accent, but they couldn’t care less about ours. When I was over there, they just kept making me say ‘aboot’.