Thursday, July 01, 2010
Here, Here, For Canada
I am ridiculously proud of being Canadian.
I absolutely love my country.
Typically, as a Canadian, I can't tell you what makes Canada, Canada or Canadians, Canadian. I just know we are.
I remember, once, asking my Dad about the Second World War. I asked him why he went to war, he paused only briefly, and then simply said, 'For Canada.'
I remember, once, when traveling overseas between second and third year of University, wearing the Canadian flag on my backpack and having people say things like, 'you're lucky to be a Canadian'.
I remember, once, when doing a keynote at an international conference it was announced that I was the first Canadian to ever open the conference and I felt my heart beat with incredible pride.
I remember, once, talking to a new Canadian who was bursting with pride due to her new membership in the Canadian Club - and I was reminded to take my citizenship more seriously.
I remember, once, when the band struck up 'Oh Canada' none of the people around me were very sure of the words, but we all loved the song, and that seemed oddly right to me.
I remember, once, going to the war museum and seeing evidence of what my dad did, what tens of thousands did, 'For Canada'.
We are an imperfect country striving for perfection.
We are a country of shy patriots.
We are the country that my dad quietly loves.
And today is our birthday.
Happy Birthday Canada.