Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Friday, January 2, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Like many Canadians we enjoy spending time in the sunny south so we bought a vacation home in Florida where we spend a little over three months of the year broke into two main blocks of time, one month in the spring and two in the fall.  This past fall we were there for four weeks, home for three then back for five.  Let me tell you, that five weeks grated on my nerves to no ends.  One of our neighbours there apparently doesn't know how to use Google so is quite insistent on pestering us with "Does Canada have [item du jour]?"  And, his questioning is nothing more than ignorance at best.  He was quite surprised to find out that Canada does indeed have paved streets!  Trust me, my natural Canadian politeness was tested to the nth degree.  I did play with his ignorance a little just because I could.  However, the neighbour was benign in comparison to the rest of the general mood we encountered down south.

Despite nearing the holiday season, there was a downright somber atmosphere.  The police brutality and race relations protests were clearly having an impact.  The more I heard about them and the closer they got, my desire to return home became stronger.  Then there were the tragic deaths in Ottawa and just general increasing violence.  Clearly we live in trying times! 

For this Canadian, there is no place like home sweet home...Canada!


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