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The Maple Leaf Forever

G'Oh Canada!

I am ridiculously proud of being Canadian right now.

It's ridiculous, because I'm always proud of being a Canadian.

Ridiculous, because I'm not athletic in the least. In fact, I mistrust the culture of sports worship.
Ridiculous, because I know how awful Olympic politics can be, how overheated and chemically-suspect the athletic events are. Ridiculous because so much in the world - war, injustice, scientific progress, the fight for good - demands my attention and heart, and an athletic event is way, way down the list, and should be.

And yet ... and yet, I'm so proud of the Olympic Games being in Vancouver. Our country is so beautiful, and we are welcoming the world tonight. The fact that our First Nations were a major part of the ceremonies, and that it was considered proper that they be considered just that - nations - brought tears to my eyes.

Do well, Canada. Treat our visitors well. Compete honorably. Make friends. Be Magnificent.

Comments

maruad
Feb. 13th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
I missed the national anthemn (which I here was a smart move) but thought much of the ceremonies were well down. I especially liked the Sacred Grove portion. I will skip the odious or embarassing bits for now.

For those who do not know, to my knowledge, tap dancing is not really a part of our national heritage (I think it belongs to the nation of Vaudeville).
maruad
Feb. 13th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
Arghh! my typo/spelling errors/wrong words are oppressing me! Sorry I don't have the ability to edit my mistakes on other folks blogs.
kaffyr
Feb. 13th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
Hmmm. You should be able to edit your comments, at least until someone else comments on them. Iz a puzzlement.
kaffyr
Feb. 13th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
The young lady who did Oh, Canada was actually not that bad!
maruad
Feb. 13th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
I am somewhat boring and a little tradition with my national anthemns. I really do not like hearing the various strange renditions of the Star Spangled Banner that are performed before sporting events.

The worst rendition of Oh Canada I can remember was performed by Burton Cummings at a Winnipeg Jets iirc. Too bad because I do respect him for attempts to keep in contact with his old home town.
kaffyr
Feb. 14th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Most of the time I appreciate a traditional anthem, too. I think the young girl's obvious passion and pride in being able to sing for her country overcame my doubts.

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