I am Canadian #48: 2010
I am Canadian
Perhaps one of the unforeseen benefits of being a globetrotter is that you have a different perspective on home. After seven years of living and working in the central United States and three years in Abu Dhabi, this is what I know about Canadians.
• We are legendary for being polite and for saying thank you for no apparent reason .We know how to say sorry, and apologize better than anyone else on the planet!
• We are “nut and twig” folk. We embraced a LEED, composting and environmentally-conscious world before it was chic or popular. Canadians are green
• We will talk to almost anyone. While walking the dog, buying groceries, or riding the elevator, we are not afraid to reach out and connect with a stranger!
• Our climate has shaped our national identity. We are outdoors folks, with the gear, clothing, sled dogs, snow shovels and toys to prove it!
• We like law and order. Whether it’s merging into traffic, checking out a book, or filing our income taxes, we are orderly folks.
• We read poetry, and we love our cookbooks. Yes! Unlike any other country in the world, we are a nation of poets and chefs!
• We accept our responsibility as part of a greater community, whether by paying income tax or supporting universal health care. It is not all about us; it’s all about the community and our neighbors.
In 2007, journalist Andrew Cohen wrote “the Canadian Identity… is as elusive as the Sasquatch and Ogopogo. It has animated and frustrated generations of statesmen, historians, writers, artists, philosophers, and the National Film Board…Canada resists easy definition.” Whatever it means to be Canadian, it’s good to be one and it’s good to be home!
Kitty Pope #48 January 2011