It’s a long weekend in Canada because today, July 1, is Canada Day, a federal holiday. The country was formed in 1867 with four provinces. Today, there are ten provinces and three territories, the second largest country in the world.
I had a Canadian moment this past week. With a few minutes to buy groceries for this weekend, I was in a rush, pushing one of the large carts around a local grocery store. I turned into one of the vegetable aisles and not really watching, hit an abandoned cart, to which, without thinking, I uttered, ”Sorry.” The cart didn’t respond. How rude! I guess there are worse things a people can be known for other than politeness.
My husband and I will celebrate Canada today with our daughter and the grandkids. A barbecue, a fire with s’mores and the community fireworks are on the agenda. Everything depends on the weather of course, which is so Canadian too. The fireworks may be postponed but not the love and pride we have for this country. While Canada is not perfect, she is like an organism, growing and evolving over time to reflect the stories, heritage and traditions of her people on this amazing land.
Happy Canada Day.