An Interview with "Myself"

An Interview with myself:





Some may call it weird, others may call it interesting but either way what a better way to get to know me? After all, I know myself best. So, here we go, an interview like no other where I ask the hard-hitting questions and then I answer them honestly, baring my soul. Honestly, this may be a bit weird but I think I can handle it.

Cathy Barry (The Interviewer) 

So, before I get into it, let's get to know a bit more about you. Tell us how it all started.

Cathy Barry (The Interviewee)

I was born Catherine Axelle Schadskaje in a small town in France, just northeast of Paris, near Lille. I was the 4th child of 6. My parents moved to Canada when I was 2 and 1/2 and we lived in many different places in Quebec. Due to the nature of my Dad's work, we moved to Ontario a few times and then back again to Quebec. By the time I was 11 years old I had already moved 13 times. Looking back on this, I know it was hard to keep friends and maintain those friendships because of these moves. Back then we didn't have cell phones or the internet. We were armed with a pen and paper, rotary phones, and our bicycles. I recall riding my bike for hours just to go to a friend's house and then riding home again in the dark. But when you move to another province, it's a bit harder to hop on your bike and go. So we wrote letters. I recall waiting by the mailbox for a letter from my best friend Isabelle wondering what she was up to. That's just how it was back then. 

By the time I was 11 we made our final move to Oshawa, Ontario. I was going to a new school in Grade 6. It was tough again to be the new kid with the French accent having to make new friends all over again. I recall moving to an English school back in Grade 2 in Ontario, not knowing a word of English - the kids back then they just made fun of you at first, they thought you were a novelty. Not to say I wasn't able to fit in and make friends but my experience as a kid was certainly a lot different than that of my peers. But I survived because that's what I always did. 

Cathy Barry (The Interviewer)

I would agree that most kids haven't had that type of experience and I am sure it was tough to make and keep friends. Any regrets about that? 

Cathy Barry (The Interviewee)

As a kid, you really don't have any choice in what happens to you, where you live, when you move etc...you just have to accept and survive. That's essentially what I did. I became a survivalist. Don't get me wrong, it certainly wasn't easy by any means but I had no choice. You go where your parents take you, you do what you have to do to survive.