Tuesday, July 1, 2008
O Canada!! My Native Land.
I love Canada day, as a child it was one of my favourite holidays. It meant summer had officially arrived. I love my county, I'm grateful to have grown up with such freedom and quality of life. My favourite Canada Days were the one spent in my parents' home-town of HillSpring, Alberta, with Grandma and Grandpas, Cousins and family. I remember dancing with my Grandpa Wynder (who was really quite the dancer) at the town dance at the school, cheering for the family softball teams, Driving all the cousins in a trailer behind our crazy decorated John Deere Mowing tractor (I promise it is the only time in my life I will drive a riding mower down a main street), sometimes having fireworks, hanging out at Grandma's and always experiencing a pride in my country and the love of family.
So...even though we are not living in Canada currently we celebrate. I want my kids to know their heritage and dual-citizenship means something to me. So yesterday the boys painted shirts to wear, I happened to have a maple-leaf rubber stamp and bought some red fabric paint.
Tonight my darling mother-in-law Carolyn threw me (and Canada) a little b-day party with a BBQ and sparklers. Cheers to the true North strong and free!!!
Reading: ABC of Canada - Per-Henrik Gurth, Kim Bellefontaine