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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.


Feb. 13th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Opening ceremonies
I watched only part of the opening ceremonies. (Louie had the TV remote.) But I was deeply moved by what I saw, and yes, that absolutely included the participation of the First Nations.) There have, by the way, been several stretches in my life during which I would have considered moving to Canada, but picking a new home town (Winnipeg) and getting all my stuff across the border, not to mention changing citizenship and getting a new job, would have been far, far too daunting. So I guess I'm stuck with appreciating Canada from across the border.

Feb. 14th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Opening ceremonies
Well, it would take me almost as much time and money to move back to Canada, and, as my life is inextricably woven into Chicago's tapestry, I will also have to appreciate My Home and Native Land from across the border. Heh.

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