Who do you think you are

Canada’s own Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature is just about the most exciting thingAlice Munro that could ever happen in the literary world. As Canadians, as women, as readers we’re thrilled that she has been recognized on such a prestigious level. But the best part is that her writing  celebrates simple, every day life in southwestern Ontario.

I’m looking forward to going back and re-reading her stories, particularly “Who do you think you are?”. In 1967 I actually had a male boss at Bell Canada say those very words to me. I had presented him with a summary of 10 suggestions on how we could improve efficiency and work flow in the Cable Assignment office where I worked. He informed me that “There are people in other departments getting paid a lot more than you are to come up with solutions – who do you think you are?” That’s when I stopped speaking to him altogether and went on to accomplish more in life and business than he ever could have hoped to. And I’m not alone. I have friends who also were also told “you aren’t smart enough for university” and other similar put-downs. Alice understood this. That’s worth a Nobel Prize. You go girl!

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[…] to admit this – I just don’t get her. In an earlier blog posting, I applauded her winning the Nobel Prize and was as proud as any Canadian could be. It motivated me to dig out my hard-cover […]

9 years ago

Indeed, an achievement for all Canadians to be proud of. As a high school English teacher, I enjoyed sharing her stories with my students. One story, “An Ounce of Cure” is timeless in its exploration of a teenage girl and her first disastrous encounter with alcohol after being dumped by the boy of her dreams. This story plays out in young girls’ lives as much today as it did years ago when it was first read by school girls.