Thursday, October 21, 2010
If My Life Had Been Different
Sometimes I like to make this pronouncement: “I would have been a good Canadian,” following which my resident devil’s advocate likes to say, “What do you mean by that? How would you have made a good Canadian?” I tell him I would have obeyed the law of the land and worked hard to make an honest living. If I were a Canadian, I would continue my lifelong education, vote in Canadian elections, recycle religiously and be as kind as I could be to those around me.
“So how is that different from being a good American?” the devil’s advocate asks. In my book, it isn’t different at all. That’s really my point.
Since this is the season when maple leaves command our attention, anyway, I was more than delighted yesterday to find Manning’s Maple Leaf Creme cookies at NJ’s grocery store in Lake Leelanau. There was Red Rose tea, also, and these homey little things reminded me of our last vacation on Manitoulin Island with our old dog, Nikki, so I had cookies and memories last night with my after-dinner tea.
The daughter of a friend of ours has co-written a couple of humorous little books about Canada. So You Want to Be Canadian, by Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen, is an introduction to Canadian culture for Americans, while The U.S. of Eh? offers evidence for the tongue-in-cheek claim that Canada has created and continues to control 70% of American culture. Have you been “Canucked”? These books may surprise you with their answer.
What’s the weather on Manitoulin Island these days? Up in Wawa? Over in Montreal? Okay, eh, I couldn’t resist going back into this post and adding links to these favorite Canadian places named. Check them out! Some of my beloved Up North places are close to home. Others are over the border.