What is the story behind Collin, Austin, and Ryan learning how to speak French? Well, we wanted the kids to be bilingual because we wanted them to be global citizens. To be able to, if they needed to or wanted to, to converse in another language. And most of the people in the world can speak more than one language. So I was like, you really want to be able to, if you want to travel to different places, especially since it's a language that, sometimes if you know French or Spanish, you can understand Italian or you can understand, certain languages have the same structure.
So we wanted them to be able to have another skill. And we decided French because it was just like, "Let's do French." Because they have Spanish immersion schools too. And Mandarin immersion schools. We said, "Well let's just try French to see how it goes." So they went to the French school for a total... Collin left in the seventh grade, Ryan in the fifth grade and Austin in the first grade. And that's when we started homeschooling them. So Collin's still fluent. Ryan is kind of, sort of. If you speak French, he can understand what you're saying and he can respond to you. Austin just still remembers commands but we intend for Austin too, either if he goes back to private school or we hire another tutor, we want him to still be able to speak French as well. I do not speak French. I speak Spanish. Pat did take French in high school so he knows a little bit, but we wanted them to be able to have another skill set.
And then with the name of the company, they wanted to name it Gill Brothers Candles. And when we Googled it, it was like, there are a lot of Gill Brothers companies. And I said, "Well let's distinguish it by maybe saying it in French." And so they figured out how to say it in French and one of their French tutors used to call them her petites branchies, which means little gills. And I said, "Well we know branchie means Gill. We know frère means brother. So you're the Brothers Gill." So they said, "Okay, let's do that." And it worked out. Now the funny thing is people will mess up the name, which is okay because it gives them an opportunity to talk to them about the name, how to say it, the origin of the name. But it sounds really fancy-schmancy, Frères Branchiaux Candle Company. So they really like it.