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Post Canada Day Report

I wanted to post something happy after my last extremely emotional rant. The world is still pretty fucking awful, but there are good things going on as well. 

For one thing, yes, yesterday was Canada Day, and as a Canadian ex-pat here in Chicago, I wanted to say I am so very proud to be a citizen of My Home and Native Land. It's got its share of problems, (and, no, getting rid of Harper doesn't eliminate them all), but I think that people in Canada still seem to have hope for the future. I'm sure people who are living there could tell me I'm wrong, but I will continue to be proud of my refugee-welcoming, single-payer-health-maintaining, multiple-party, funny, wry, quixotic, musical, ethnically diverse, totally uncategorizable country-folk and nation. I even have some Tim Hortons coffee in my freezer, and I may make a pot to celebrate, eh?

Still in a Canadian vein, I've completely forgotten to tell anyone that, for the first time in a long time, Bob and I are going, together, to Canada, on our own dime - no help from family, thanks to a situation that allowed me to buy the airline tickets - this September. No illness, no funerals; in fact, we're going to celebrate the birthday of Rob, my step-dad. He and I have birthdays very close together, so it's sort of a birthday present to myself as well.

And one of Rob's daughters has arranged for as many of his kids and grandkids, and stepkids as possible to go with him on a trip on the Bluenose II, the famous Nova Scotian schooner (or the current iteration of her.) This, for me, is celebrating the history of an amazing man on a schooner that reflects the amazing history of Nova Scotia. (Curious?
Here are  some links about the Bluenose and about the Bluenose tradition.) So yeah, an actual vacation; we'll be there for 10 days, and then I'll have about four days to decompress back here, before going back to work

And tonight, Bob and I are helping Drs. Gonzo and Bob (don't ask), our closest friends in Chicago, celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. Love, patience, kindness, friendship - put them together, and they can build a life together. 

Tomorrow I get to work some overtime, by visiting Wilmette's July 3 celebration (Wilmette, like Chicago, does its fun, games and fireworks on the 3rd. It's a Chicago thing.) Extra money, doing something I really, really like doing; it's a change from some of the recent work-related heaviness, and that's good. Then on Monday, Bob and I and our friend Jack, and perhaps Andy, will traipse up to Evanston's lakefront, listen to a concert band, and watch fireworks on the 4th. And maybe I'll end up feeling a little misty-eyed again


So, yes, good things. Good, strong things that remind me life can still be worth it all. 
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a_phoenixdragon
Jul. 2nd, 2016 11:22 pm (UTC)
That's lovely, honey!! so glad you had a good Canada Day with your family and some reminders of why life can be so beautiful!!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Jul. 3rd, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
I am always glad when I can report good things, and my mental health (not to mention the patience of my f'list) always seems to benefit with repetition of the "here are some good things" mantra.

*hugs back*
eaweek
Jul. 3rd, 2016 02:02 am (UTC)
Happy belated Canada Day, and happy early 4th of July! I hope your trip in September is awesome--if nothing else, the time away from your job will be a tonic in itself. : )
kaffyr
Jul. 3rd, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am counting down the days - only 69 more days! And I'm even looking forward to going to work today. Now if I could just muster that enthusiasm every day ... heh ....
lost_spook
Jul. 3rd, 2016 08:16 am (UTC)
Aw, that's great - I hope you have a wonderful trip! ♥
kaffyr
Jul. 3rd, 2016 04:01 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited, although oddly (or perhaps not oddly, since it's me), I'm almost as excited about the fact that I'm actually paying for our trip myself, and not depending on the kindness of family members, as I am about the trip itself.

By the time we get to Nova Scotia, however, I suspect I'll be more excited about the fact that we're going there, hurrah! With luck, I'll bring back some decent pictures, and post at least a few of them.
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kaffyr
Jul. 3rd, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
Hokaaay. Slow day on LJ, apparently.
nucleosides
Jul. 3rd, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)

One day I so want to immigrate to Canada. I just feel like the climate would be a lot better for my asthmatic lungs, and for my disabled kids as well.

kaffyr
Jul. 3rd, 2016 04:04 pm (UTC)
Canada is a wonderful country, so I can't gainsay your desire to move there, although I'm not sure your asthma would be any better there than in any non-urban place down here. It might be that you would be better off up there, though.

And the medical and educational support system in Canada, while it still have some significant problems, is a good one, so your boys might benefit.

I've been here in the U.S. for 35 years, largely because I fell in love with BB and with Chicago at roughly the same time, and there are aspects of the U.S. that I love, even though I never took American citizenship, but I always will love my home and native land.
liadtbunny
Jul. 3rd, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
Nice times and more nice times to come:)
kaffyr
Jul. 3rd, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC)
Indeed - I'm looking forward to it all!
apostle_of_eris
Jul. 5th, 2016 12:41 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Rob!
kaffyr
Jul. 5th, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
Indeed - and considering that he still manages to go to work on his family farm most days, at least for a few hours, I'm in awe of his energy, although my brother says he's slowed down considerably in the past year. This will be a treat for him, I hope!
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