This week I shall blog about the tidbits of other people's cultures which I find special or wonderful or - well, whatever.

I once became friendly with a French exchange student in the US. When I went to Sweden, we kept writing letters, and he often ended the letters,

"Bon Courage."

Since then, I've noticed that this is a common phrase for the French. I assume it means something like, "Have courage," except that if you think in French, the world is of course a different place entirely.

I wish I had someone now in my life now who told me, "Bon courage." Being a schoolteacher is scary.

Perhaps I have finally found my mantra.