Monday, July 01, 2013

Canada is... #TGCBB

Les queues de castor, la poutine, Montreal Smoked Meat, Montreal Bagels, ketchup chips, the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Rush, the Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, Blue Rodeo, Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan, hockey, lacrosse, the outdoors, kayaking, canoeing, camping, glorious coastal and inland beaches, stunning mountains and the prairies...

Canada is

all of the above and so much more.  When I think of Canada, I think of how fortunate we are to live in a country where we have freedom, where neighbours help neighbours, where everyone has access to health care...

I think of how my grandparents moved here from the Philippines many moons ago to start a new life and offer new opportunities for their children, and in turn their children's children.  Professionals in their home country, they started a new life in a new country and learned to adapt, speak French, practice new customs,  all the while maintaining their culture and values.  They embodied the spirit of what it means to be Canadian. Hard work, family, hospitality, friendship, perseverance, etc. 

Both of my maternal grandparents loved Canada as much as they did their home country.  Fiercely proud to be Canadian and Filipino, they were involved in the community and politics too. 

There are so many reasons I'm thankful to be Canadian, and on our Nation's 146th Birthday, I'm reminded of those reasons even more.

One thing is for sure...

Canada is home.

What does Canada mean to you?

I'm participating in The Great Canadian Blog Bash. Check out some amazing Canadian blogs and get to know some fellow Canadian bloggers.


Mom vs. the boys said...

we are truly blessed to live in such a great country! Thanks for linking up!

Christine McN said...

Thanks so much for organizing TGCBB! I look forward to it every year! So many amazing Canadian blogs!

YashYanth! said...

such a cute idea using the strawberries to make up the flag! I really need to throw a Canada Day party one of these days!

Whispered Inspirations said...

Canada means freedom and a chance at a better life. I'm one of the lucky people who immigrated here and had my chance. :) Proud to be Canadian. Thanks for participating in The Great Canadian Blog Bash and we are very happy to have you! #TGCBB

Deanna T. said...

Love this post Christine. To me Canada means diversity, in both landscape and culture. I love this country and am proud to be Canadian.

Ashleigh Swerdfeger said...

Beautiful post!I love this ;)

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