Remember, July 1 is CANADA DAY!
If you'd ask me last year if I loved Canada, I'd have said, "Sure, it's nice. The people are okay and I think it's pretty." Now I've turned into one of those semi-annoying missionaries who loves the country where they serve and thinks that the people are the greatest people in the whole world and doesn't ever want to go back to the United States.
In honor of Canada Day, here are the top ten things I LOVE about Canada.
1. Tim Hortons--especially their apple fritters.
2. The way Canadians say the word "Sorry." Gilbert Blythe says it all the time in Anne of Green Gables ("Soary, Anne..."), so I think I've always loved this, but I may or may have not picked it up myself.
3. Their love for hockey is adorable. Canucks forever!
4. From the National Anthem: "O Canada! Where pines and maples grow. Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow." Lordly rivers, indeed. I don't know if I've ever seen a more stunning coastline.
5. Poutine! Need I say more?
6. Where else can you get sushi and doughnuts and maple syrup all at the same convenience store?
7. Canadians are mildly obsessed with recycling...way to save the world one milk carton at a time, guys!
8. If a maple leaf can be used, you better believe that it's there. Instead of an apostrophe in the Wendy's sign, they've replaced it with a little maple leaf. Aw!
9. Canadian chocolate truly excels anything that we have in the States. Mmm....Dairy Milk Bars.
10. "Eh?" So simple, yet so useful. Who knew that one little syllable could win over my heart?
To paraphrase a very wise man, "May your toques fly as high as your dreams!" Happy Canada Day!