Happy 150th Canada

July 1, 2017 at 6:15 am (Life, Memoir) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I first realized that Canada was a country and that I was Canadian when I was seven years old.

That was in 1967. Canada was turning 100. I was seven and in First Grade and my older sister, who was eleven, really wanted to go to Expo ’67 in Montreal. She was threatening to hitch-hike. (Spoiler Alert) – She didn’t get to go – She was, after all, only eleven and we were very poor!

Country was a new interesting concept. I knew where I lived. A certain small town in Saskatchewan. I vaguely knew where my province was though I did not yet remember being outside of it. And, of course, we sang O Canada in school and I knew that the song referred to something bigger than my province.

But 1967 was the year I figured out Canada belonged to me. The abundance of celebrations, both inside and outside of school, said come, enjoy, you belong here! Canada was mine!

The next time I felt that Canada was explicitly mine was when I was first old enough to vote. Pierre Elliot Trudeau was running for Prime Minister and I was graduating from high school and becoming a full fledged adult. I had a responsibility, as a Canadian adult, to cast my vote in this very sexy and exciting election.

Is there not an iconic photo of PET in a canoe? You see, canoeing is also very Canadian.

Canada.

Her wide prairies.

The joy of swimming in her lakes.

Our numerous national parks, FREE this year. Go and see how many you can see. I would love to do a coast to coast to coast tour of them all!

Canada.

My Country.

Quiet and soft and safe.

 

 

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Happy Birthday Canada

July 1, 2012 at 8:15 am (Life, Weather) (, , , , , , )

Today is Canada’s birthday!

We are 145!

Flags Flying High!

I am feeling lazy…

It has been a long week of crazy weather (rain, wind, heat).

So I give you pictures.

The occasional fleeting moments…

Here today, gone tomorrow!

Happy Canada Day;

Bonne Fete du Canada.

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