Now that thanksgiving is over for us Canadians, it’s time to reflect on what we should be thankful for besides a new turkey leftover recipe. So here goes in no particular order (ranking lists are the scourge of the internet). First, I’m thankful I didn’t write a top ten list on what I should be thankful for (I got dizzy writing that).
To start, I’m thankful I live in one of the cleanest cities in the world (is there a list for this?) even though we have the ugliest and dirtiest place on the planet just 750 kilometres to the north. The Alberta tar sands makes me very, very sad. Quite the contradiction here – the disgusting tar pits and crystal clear breezes flowing down from the Rockies. At least the tar sands keep our gas prices the lowest in the country and for this I’m happy. How can anybody afford to drive anything but a donkey and a cart with gas over 1.50 a litre (coming soon everywhere, I’m afraid)? Maybe it’s time to buy Amish stock in anything or buy an ass.
I’m also thankful I can buy beer and whisky at moderately low prices because the price of booze is not ruled by an archaic government that can’t get its greedy hands off booze dollars and let the free market decide the costs of things. And please make me thankful for the Calgary Flames, the best junior hockey team on the planet (rebuilding, rebuilding, rebuilding).
I’m glad I live in a country where it is NOT OK to buy guns in a shop across from a high school. Then with this nefarious purchase, go shoot little kids. Next year please make me thankful this ugly piece of gun culture is gone from the planet so I don’t have to watch these horrible atrocities on the six o’clock news, seemingly every week. I’m also happy I don’t live in a country where fear rules and I don’t have to worry that some religious fanatic who doesn’t understand his religious holy book is going to murder the people I love.
My students, who come from some of the most horrible places on the planet, say the most remarkable think they love about Canada is the ability to sleep in peace. The horrors of their home countries will never leave them, but at least they can put head to pillow and feel safe. And like them, I’m thankful for safety and I promise never to take advantage of this most precious sense of security.
Yea to large feathered birds, native to this land, that give me everything from hot turkey sandwiches to turkey soup to hot pickled turkey loaf. And to the wonderful people who spend hours cooking these gigantic birds only to have them decimated in under twenty minutes. After which we find our family flocks stuffed, on the couch, drowsy with their pants undone. Please uncle Pete do up your pants BEFORE you stand up.
But most of all, I’m thankful to my amazing wife and parents and my kids who are still finding their way (but who isn’t). They always make me proud. Also my beautiful nephews and nieces who make me realize life is a joy and keep me young. Finally to my coworkers who make my work environment anything but dull. Thanks to everyone because without you I couldn’t be me.