When you're out of town and someone asks you where you're from, what do you say? I know for me - and most of my friends - I always answer that I'm from Montreal.
I might follow up that it's in Quebec, Canada, if people look a little confused. But for the most part, I'll be totally honest with you, I just highkey expect people to automatically know where my city is.
And it's something I've kind of noticed a lot of Montrealers do, too, more so than people from other provinces or countries (with a few exceptions, of course).
We tend to identify with Montreal before our country and our province, and even though, yes, we are proud to be Canadian, and we are proud to be Quebecoises, that's kind of like a secondary part of our identities. We're Montrealers first, basically.
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Some people might think that's a little self-centred... but I don't think there's anything wrong with having "Montrealer" so totally engrained into our identities.
The truth is that we've got so much to be proud of, how could we not get excited to slip Montreal into the conversation, whatever chance we get?
Sure, we might not be perfect - but no place is. The good outweighs the bad; and while there are tons of amazing cities in the world, Montreal's just got something special about it. Something that, I think, kind of separates us from the rest of the world, and something that gives all of us Montrealers a super unique sense of identity.
So, the next time someone asks you where you're from, and you catch yourself saying "Montreal", don't worry. Just let it happen, and embrace it.