A Proud Canadian

03 September 2009

Excuse my hiatus from the blog, I was off visiting my brother, sister-in-law and new twin (and adorable, may I add) nephews in Colorado.

As someone who spent nine years living in the US (which included three years of high school, four years of university, and two years in the work force), has parents still living there, and a brother and his family also living there; I feel as though I can say, I’m ‘part American’.  I have a good understanding of Americans.  I understand (and appreciate) the patriotism, the pride, the loyalty and love for their country… it’s inspiring, frankly.  This said, I am also a proud and loyal Canadian (ugh… the struggles of joint custody).  My point, and I do have one, is that during this recent visit across the 49th parallel, I noticed my Canadian pride took a steroid shot.

It was at the neighbourhood block party (oh yea… everything you would imagine an American block party to be – was glorious), that happened to take place my first night in Fort Collins, where I noticed I puffed out my Canadian chest a bit bigger.

The twin nephews drew quite a bit of attention at the block party, and thus I was constantly being introduced to people, as they moseyed on over to check out ‘the boys’.  As soon as the words “this is my little sister, she lives in Vancouver, BC…” left my brother’s mouth, it was all over… my chest was already puffed.  And for this, I blame the 2010 Games!

I sat next to a woman, old enough to be my mother, and filled her in on EVERYTHING going on in Vancouver – did you know that the Games are only six months away?  Did you hear how all of our venues are complete and ready for the athletes to train in?  Did you hear that Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC said that Vancouver is one of the most iconic places in the world to organize an Olympic Winter Games?  Did you know that Tamara Taggert, Vancouver’s weather woman for CTV won guest spot as co-host on the Regis and Kelly Show?

Yea, it was bad.  I got a little carried away.

That said, I AM more proud than ever!  The 2010 Games have brought a WHOLE new reason to puff out our Canadian chests.  This trip helped me realize that we have SO much to be proud of… and in only 162 days, everyone around the world will get to see why.

And if I’m never invited back to an American block party… I’ll understand…


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