Celebrating Canada with a friend
Whatever the challenges and opportunities of the days before, and those that follow, Canada Day is a time to smile, wave the flag, listen to music, enjoy the young summer, and celebrate the country. Whether it is the country we and our families had been born in, or the land that we or our family came to, Canada Day is about the country every other nation tries to be.
Yes, it was time to make a few speeches. At every level, our elected officials kept those remarks mercifully brief. Canada’s 150th birthday belonged to the people who gathered together in back yards, neighbourhood barbecues, town squares (like Streetsville), or by the tens or hundreds of thousands in all our city centres.
On Canada Day, I took a friend with a proven ability to help people smile, our cat, Merlin, and we went out to meet people and celebrate. Merlin makes everyone smile. Everybody wants to pat Merlin, hold Merlin, and cuddle Merlin. The children of many families who have recently come to Canada often regard cats as feral animals. Just a moment with Merlin, as with his predecessor, the late Obi-Wan, dispels any apprehension anyone may ever have had about what a joyful animal a cat is.
Merlin and I met the Sikh seniors in Erindale Park. We saw the neighbours in Churchill Meadows, and ducked for shelter during a sudden downpour in mid-afternoon. In the evening, Andrea and I brought Merlin to Streetsville Square to meet the neighbours. Merlin even met his dog-friend, Joey, who belongs to Emily Cathcart. Joey and Merlin appear to genuinely like one another. On his walks in the neighbourhood, Merlin has a few other regular dog encounters, and appears to like a few little dogs his size.
Canada at 150 years young was an occasion to enjoy with friends and family. Andrea, Merlin and I helped people do exactly that. Have a wonderful summer, and celebrate our country’s Sesquicentennial right through New Year’s Eve.