Well, I hate to disappoint but I'm not giving you one of those.
Instead I'm going to tell you why I love Canada.
- We're nice people. Ask anyone. We're nice. We're polite. We apologize to you if you step on our foot - because clearly our foot was in your way. When traveling to other nations, people will often put Canadian flags on their backpacks because we have a pretty good reputation around the world. Of course this is all hearsay since I've never been anywhere outside of Canada or the US.
2. Universal Healthcare. I know it's not a perfect system and it's widely misunderstood by
those who don't have it but after having dealt with cancer - I can truly say I appreciate not
having had to worry about how I was going to pay for the myriad of tests they put me through,
surgeries, the treatments and the maintenance. Not to mention my prosthetic, my upcoming
breast reconstruction surgery and all that will entail. Not one red cent came out of my pocket for
anything I have endured for the past 2 years.
3. Butter tarts. You really have to taste one to appreciate their beauty. I prefer mine with raisins
in it but beware, they will throw your blood sugar levels through the roof!
4. Our slang. Yep. I love the Bob and Doug McKenzie cliché. "Take off eh! You hoser!" Truth be
known we only talk that way to make Americans
laugh at ourselves and we're not offended when you laugh too. We beat Jeff Foxworthy to the
punch - long before his "You might be a redneck if...." jokes we had Newfie jokes. Go ahead,
google some. My only disclaimer is that my dear husband is, in fact, a Newfie and I can assure
you that A: Newfoundlanders are not anywhere near as dumb or drunken as they are portrayed
(well....the drunken part maybe on occasion) and B: Newfoundlanders are, in fact, the nicest
people in all of Canada. (and I'm not just saying that because my in-laws read my blog....I really
truly mean that)
5. Our flag. It's pretty. It's simple. It's understated. What could be more Canadian?
I could probably go on and on but I won't bore you with the details. Instead, I'll leave you with some advice. Never, ever stick your hands in a garburator. (Now, how many of you are off to google garburator?)
Happy Canada Day!