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TToT: The Great White North

Since I started taking part in TToT, I have wondered, am surprised constantly, at how I have been able to come up with ten whole things to be thankful for each week.

TEN THINGS OF THANKFUL

Well, this week started with Canada Day and has ended with Independence Day for the US. This is a time when people are thankful and grateful for the blessings in life. So, here I go again.

First, I’ll start off with literature and feminism.

For a remarkable woman who is a star at both of these things.

In Conversation With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This week I have been learning more about other cultures and ways people live.

When I was young, I thought Africa was nothing but poverty, but that is the simplistic view of a child who doesn’t know any better.

Chimamanda goes on to talk about her mother, using words such as: “cool” and “warm”. It’s clear, the powerful influence and strong role models her parents have been to her.

So you go on to learn, I learned through listening to interviews, that this Nigerian girl’s mother was the cool mom and a warm person. This is basically the same as my own mother. We’re not so different, us who come from different parts of the world.

Canada to Africa…it may seem a world away, in distance, but not in human spirit.

Chimamanda is a brilliant writer, a commanding speaker, and a strong advocate for feminism and she is fast becoming someone I admire for all she has accomplished.

Monday: for my wonderfully helpful sister.

She is there, always just there for me when I really am in need.

Like, say, when I start to panic and then am thinking about backing out of a first date and she talks me down with help on my hair, wardrobe choices, nails and the rest.

She knows me best and I trust her opinions more than anyone. I can be confident she wouldn’t let me leave the house looking anything like a slob. Nice to know.

🙂

Thanks, KH, for even dropping me off.

For first dates, in themselves.

Because, even if first dates never lead to second dates, I am thankful that I get to go on a date of any kind.

They teach me, every single time, about the different people there are in the world and, more importantly, about myself.

It helps when there is over two hours of flowing conversation. This, of course, is much preferred, to long pauses and awkwardness.

Tuesday: for a visit to the library on a rainy day.

The first time we took my nephew to our local one of these, I think he was so overwhelmed by the setting he found himself in, that he did well. Of course, we only stayed a few minutes, until he chose a book with no real words. It was mostly a picture book about a cat and a spaceship.

:Don’t…eat…space!”

This time he was more determined to climb the stairs, but unfortunately that was where the adult sections were and the people up there did not enjoy what happened next.

So all my two-year-old nephew wanted to do was run up and down the isles of books, hiding behind the shelves and have me chase him.

I wasn’t about to do this. Part of the reason is that being quiet in a library is the common rule, I was much too enthralled by all the books around me, and there was a place he could be louder in. This was called the children’s section.

I love libraries and I know he will too, one of these days.

🙂

For the chance to be introduced to other cultures and people who share this country with me.

Some beautiful Aboriginal music. Check it out.

🙂

It was unfamiliar to me, but I soon found it to be quite catchy.

For Canada.

As the above video shows, Canada is made up of so many different cultures and ethnicities. This is what makes this a great place to live and to learn and to love.

The Great White North, we are known as.

What makes us great is our acceptance of other people. I know this has not always been the case, as I’ve said in recent posts, but it is what I want for myself and everyone. I know Canada has had our struggles, like any country, but I am still proud of what we are known for around the world and here at home.

For a view you just can’t beat.

I celebrated, July 1st, with my family and an amazing view of the fireworks display my city put on.

Sure, it may have cost thousands of dollars.

Fireworks – Canada Day, 2015

But it certainly was a show, and right from my lawn too.

For the small bit of sight I still have.

I know I can complain sometimes, about all that I can no longer see or never could, but when I can still make out the bright lights, exploding in the night sky, I am lucky.

Friday: for summertime because that means fresh peas.

You can’t turn green from eating too many peas? Does anyone know?

Ever since I was young I’ve looked forward to, not just the eating of the peas, but even more it’s the podding that I love.

Does this make me strange?

*Crickets*

Nah.

It’s a zen thing. Very relaxing.

Saturday: for family gatherings.

Every few months we get my whole family together. Sure, it’s hectic and chaotic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m used to having nearly twenty cousins and those gatherings used to get unruly. Compared to all that (three siblings, siblings-in-law, and only three niece and nephews) is nothing in comparison to that, when it comes to size.

There’s a lot of food, drink, catching up, laughter, and play.

My family is the best!

And so, whatever may happen in the next little while (whatever is to come), I will still remember to be thankful for the family I have and the country where we all live.

Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day too.

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16 thoughts on “TToT: The Great White North

  1. “Does this make me strange?”

    … well, missy, it will take a wee bit more than ‘enjoyment of a simple, if repetitive physical activity such as podding peas’ to earn that honorific in this crowd… lol
    I mean, have you read those other posts?!! (not counting Christine or Dyanne and Lisa and Val and them… they are wonderful writers and live very full and interesting lives). Then there is zoe…. and our founderette …. if you’re interested in the paths less travelled, those guys are the bench mark around these parts.

    in all seriousness, one of things I enjoy about the TToT is that the people are so…. varied. and also, what you say at the start of this post… the idea that there have been 10 things each week to write about… I find that happens to me quite frequently and it knocks me out every time it happens.

  2. dyannedillon says:

    Great list! I always wanted a sister! And I like fresh peas in a cream sauce (which negates any health benefits, but they’re so GOOD that way!).

  3. I think that’s the best spin on first dates I’ve ever heard. Good for you! Meeting new people – no matter whether there is a second time – is definitely interesting and exciting.
    The library on a rainy day is a particular treat. We’re headed there tomorrow.
    Have a great week!

  4. I love reading these type of posts because even though I haven’t personally done similar articles they always remind me to, at least in my head, come up with a list of things to be thankful for. Every new day is a blessing and even more so as I get older.

    Nice fireworks display, the finale was phenomenal!!

  5. Wow! What a varied and interesting list! RainyTuesday? Library? Perfect:)
    You have an awesome attitude about first dates. I was always pretty nervous and more times than not they never turned into second ones. But I don’t seem to recall wanting them to LOL. You sister sounds amazing.
    I’m glad that you enjoyed the fireworks. Happy Canada Day!
    Gonna go now and check out the aboriginal music 🙂

    • Thank you for checking out my list.
      🙂
      Yes. It was the perfect place to be on a dreary day.
      She is amazing.
      🙂
      I try to have a positive attitude about most things in life, dating included.
      I hope you liked the fireworks and the drumming.

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