O Canada


Soon Americans will be celebrating our national day of Independence on July 4th.  Some celebrations will be somber and solemn, some silly, but mostly we just celebrate the independence of the American people by shooting off fireworks invented by the Chinese, drinking beer invented by the Germans, and cooking meat over charcoal briquettes, invented by Henry Ford. Meanwhile, our Canadian friends to the north, having just gotten done cleaning up Vancouver from their “celebration” are celebrating the day of what seems to be anniversary of Canadian unification, Canada Day, formerly known as Dominion Day. This is a complex holiday, so complex that despite reading the Wikipedia entry many times, I still don’t know exactly what it is that Canadians are celebrating. Perhaps many Canadians don’t understand it either, not unlike many Americans, who think July 4th is just another day off from work to drink beer. I hope my Canadian friends had a great Canada Day, and I’ll leave it to them to explain to us what Canada day is. In the meantime, in honor of Canada Day, I bring you a repost of my tribute to Canada, “Maple Leaf Money.” And, if I ever figure out how to get a video from an iPhone to my blog, I’ll post a video of my “Canadian” son and I singing our annual rendition of  O Canada. Really. Maybe someone can tell me how to do this.

Dear Canadian friends:

I’ve got your money. I want to give it back to you. Really, I do. Although your money is beautiful, with pictures of queens, reindeer, and large birds, and has charming names like Loonies and Toonies, unfortunately, it’s almost worthless here. Our vending machines don’t want it. Coin Star doesn’t want it. No one likes to get it in change, and who pays with change anyway? The bank won’t take it. And I bet you folks would like to have it back.

I would come over myself and give it back to you but I can’t because: a) even though you’re very nice about letting me come in to your country, my own country insists on strip-searching me when I return, and b) I’m afraid I’ll end up accidentally bringing back more of your money with me, thus starting the whole process over. So you can see why I can’t come. But, you could come here and get it. Americans love Canadians. After all, you gave us hockey, Michael J. Fox and Canadian bacon. As a people, you’re wonderfully polite and kind, and have quaint expressions like “queuing up” which we find charming. Your national anthem, O Canada (which, thanks to televised hockey, I almost know by heart) is melodic and rousing. In fact, this past Canada Day, July 1 BTW,  my hockey-loving son and I faced Canada and saluted you with our own robust rendition. 

But, I digress. If it’s okay with you, I’ll leave the money in a big paper bag just across the Blue Water Bridge. Come and get it whenever you’re ready. If your economy is anything like ours right now, chances are you’ll need it.  Thanks Canadian friends.

Love,

Huffygirl

PS: Since you’re coming anyway,  maybe you can bring us some of your national health care. We can’t seem to get it right here, and you’ve been doing it for years, so you’ve probably got it down now.

O Canada (sung to the tune of O Canada)

O Canada, Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

(Images courtesy of Google)

 © Huffygirl 2011

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Yes, apparently we do, because here it is. I’ve heard people weighing in all week on whether they plan to watch the royal wedding. I remember the excitement 30 years ago surrounding the wedding buzz of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. My personal take on the new couple was that finally the seemingly stodgy and standoffish royal family would get an infusion of new blood. Diana was lovely, kind, fresh, new, exactly what the royals needed to make them relevent to the world. Despite all her personal angst, Diana’s freshness and humanitarian work brought respect and purpose to the somewhat useless position of royal.

But there was  price. The scandals and posturing that colored Diana’s life story have soured many about the purpose and necessity of the royals. Over the years I’ve seen what the elitist royal class does to its princesses, and I’ve become jaded, no longer believing in happily ever after for the royal fairy tales. Now, at a time when the global economy is bad and many people can’t afford the necessities of life, a showy $18 million wedding just seems wrong.

Thirty years later, I just don’t feel the same excitement about watching privileged rich people show off their opulence in the name of a wedding. I do wish Kate and William well, and hope that their romance turns out better than other royal marriages did. I probably will tune in to see Kate’s dress, and look at pictures online, but otherwise, I’ll leave the watching to those who still believe in princesses.  Meanwhile, I think the royal family needs to take a hard look at the world around them, and find a purpose other than providing gossip fodder, if they want to have relevance in the 21st century.

© Huffygirl