July 1st is Canada Day, a day most Canadians celebrate. It's the day we are reminded just how lucky we are to be living in this wonderful country, land of the home and free. Whether you're celebrating Canada Day at the cottage, having a backyard BBQ, or setting off fireworks, it's a day to reflect on all the reasons it rocks to be Canadian.
Why it's so awesome being Canadian:
We all live in igloos. Yup, we do. And it snows here, like 365 days a year.
We don't consider an inch of snow a national disaster.
We know how to shovel.
Our money is colourful.
The Tragically Hip. This is my number one favourite Canadian band, and I love, love, love their music. So many of their songs bring back special memories, or specific instances, and they are just so very Canadian.
We have universal health care.
And maple syrup.
Poutine. Enough said.
Our national anthem. Oh, Canada!
We're polite. We are overly familiar with saying Please, Thank You, and Sorry.
We're beautiful. From the mountains on the west coast to the fisherman towns on the east coast, from wheat fields to the Canadian Prairies, we are a pretty picture, even during the cold, dark, winter months.
We are the peacekeepers.
Hockey. It's our game. Our national pastime. And it's damn fun to watch. Especially during the NHL playoffs. Songs about hockey give me chills, every time I hear them. Like this one. Chills.
Gun laws. We have them.
Anne of Green Gables.
Too many fabulous celebrities to name.
The fact that we're known, but not overly well known.
I don't even know what street Canada is on.
- Al Capone
The fact that no matter where I am in the world, I can proudly wave my Canadian flag.
In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.
- Bill Clinton
And happy 4th of July to all my wonderful American friends. I love you, USA, and all your fabulousness, too!
Happy celebrating, everyone...