Salt Spring Island, BC, 2006
I'm a day late. Happy Belated Birthday, Canada! Now you are 143 years young.
I love Canada. I love its pristine and majestic beauty; its wide open spaces and towering mountains. I love its cultural mosaic and its open society. I sometimes love its more easygoing approach to life, but always its relative lack of anger and hysteria compared to its cousin just south of the border.
And it serves me well to carry a passport from a nation no one hates and many admire. Thanks in part to Norman Bethune and his ilk. I bet more Chinese than Americans know who this great Canadian doctor was.
But I'm a day late because I've been gone so long and needed a friend to remind me.