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#4657: Re: #4604: Graves responding to Dorsinville (fwd)
From: archim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A funny little follow-up to my posting #4604 of 14 July ("Bastille
Day!) to Nancy Dorsinville.
Several years ago (I've now been here for 14 years), the Deacon who
works with me in directing our primary school of 350 kids, stopped all
the students from singing the national anthem one Wednesday morning at
our weekly school church service. I was startled! I didn't know creole
quite as well then as I do now. It appears that the kids were not
singing the right words, and they were forthwith corrected. They had
been singing...instead of "marchons unis....."; "marchands vini" and
we were wondering why all the vegetable street merchants were starting
to come into the church!
I suppose it could be another way of evangelizing, but the kids
were really missing the point. We corrected the singing and now the
church no longer smells like onions and garlic and shallots, etc.!
"Marchands vini; marchands vini; pour le pays, pour les ancetres;
Marchands, marchands, marchands vini; pour le pays, pour les ancetres!"