Happy Canada Day! Today is a statutory holiday for the second largest country in the world (Canada: 9,984,670 km2,Russia: 17,075,200 km2). It’s also the first time in two years that I’ll be in Canada for the big day. For the last two years we’ve had a little commemoration in the campo and flown the Canadian flag for the day. This year I expect that it will also be tranquilo, in fact I think I foresee a paint brush in my hand sometime today as Mama and I finish painting her kitchen.
A couple of evenings ago we watched an interesting program about the Canadian flag. This year the flag is 50 years old, more or less depending on if you count its age by when the single maple leaf was chosen (December 15, 1964) or when it was proclaimed the official flag by the Queen (February 15, 1965). There were some pretty hideous choices brought forth including one that had the faces of the Beatles on it. I wonder what would have happened once the Beatles broke up? This year, one poor soul decided to line his street with about 80 beautiful Canadian Flags and woke the other morning to find that most of them were missing.
Tonight at 11:00 pm fireworks will light the night sky at the Legislature and the High Level Bridge will be lit with some fancy new lights that will “dance” to music. Waking at first light (4:30 am) may make for an early night for me. If I can keep my eyes open that late I’ll watch it from the comfort of Mom’s living room. There’s been more than one evening when I’ve been in bed before the sun has gone down.
I’ll leave you today with a video produced by NBC News narrated by Tom Brokaw for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. It has some beautiful Canadian scenery and little explanation of what makes us tick. Happy Tuesday and Happy Canada Day!
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