Happy Canada Day everyone!
Brian and I are enjoying the lovely, rainy holiday Monday in Vancouver post-Canada Day fun yesterday. We spent Canada Day selling glowsticks and other novelty items downtown where we had a great first hand view of the music, food and fireworks.
Two moments stood out for me:
The first occurred while selling glowing plastic swords. A Vancouver police officer came up to me. I was sitting on a ledge, waving a sword in the air to attract children and parents. ”Hey,” he says. I cocked my head. He nods at the sword: “Mind if I borrow that for a moment?” I hand over the sword, bewildered. He holds it, a glowing green plastic sword and nods approvingly. ”I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” he says. ”Think it’ll fit?” He pops his baton out of his belt and slips the sword in. ”Niiiiiiice.” He grins at me like a ten year old. I recover from my shock and remark, “If you had one of the other side, you’d be just like that video game ninja!” True story – only in Canada!
And later, I wandered over to the Olympic cauldron and main stage area. Standing on a ramp overlooking the main stage, I watched as several hundreds of people clapped and sang along to Spirit of the West’s “Home for a Rest.” The ultimate Canadian theme song.
Here’s to 145 years of Canada!