C is for...
Of course :)
The true north, strong and free. The land of the double-double and Timbits, of canoeing and curling. Of vast forests and amazing cities, of never-ending shoreline, and breathtaking arctic vistas. The breadbasket of the world.
A land known for hockey, and ironically enough, politeness*. A land where we apologize when you bump into us :) A country where I can eat at restaurants from cuisines from around the world - English, and French, of course, but also Greek, and Italian, and Lebanese and Indian, and Turkish and German and Chinese, and Thai, and Japanese - even Ethiopian (amazing - try it if you ever get the chance!). No good BBQ though :)
A land where, even with over 30 million people, we still tend to know each other. A land where I can sit next to a complete stranger, start talking, and in 10 minutes realize she was the maid of honour at my co-worker's nephew's wedding. A land where you can walk out of a store in a town 4000 km away from your home, and run into your neighbour. A land where people still tend to say hello to each other on the street, or at least nod their heads, and where you are expected to wave to a passing driver on a country road.
A land that runs a mari usque ad mare - a phrase that has been in my memory for over 25 years - since I first saw it, emblazoned in the Memorial Chamber of Parliament, where the name of each and every Canadian soldier to die in service is recorded. Every day, a page is turned in the books, so our war dead are always remembered.
A land of comedians, and inventors, of humanitarians and musicians. A land where a politician is expected to be satirized (does anyone else miss Marg, Princess Warrior?), and can become famous for flippin' the bird.
A land of fresh water, good soil, amazing skies, and great people. Most of all, my home.
Let me apologize in advance if this comes across as too patriotic. Can I get you a double-double to make it up to you? ;)
A few years back, I went to Scotland. A Scottish couple (complete strangers) picked me out as being Canadian, since *I* kept apologizing to *them* for getting jostled while in a crowd watching the bagpipes at Edinburgh Castle ;)