A Canada and U.S sibling freedom festival

When Canada played the U.S. in the gold medal final at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canadians cheered until purple in the face for our team. We wanted to win, but more importantly, we really, really wanted to beat the Americans.

When planes hit the twin towers on September 11, Canadians pulled together to support Americans in every way we could.

We are like siblings.

Our louder, older, so-good-at-everything big brother to the south irritates us as only a sibling can. But when challenged by an outsider, we defend each other like blood brothers and sisters.

It puts me in mind of a conversation I had with a cottage neighbour several years ago. This person has known my husband for his whole life. He knows all the Smith family quirks. My husband has three brothers, and all four individuals are just that—individuals. It would be a challenge to find four more different personalities anywhere. During our conversation, this cottage neighbour and I agreed that, indeed, the four boys are very different. “But,” he said, “they all have the same Smith-iness about them.”

He was right. As different from each other as the four Smith boys are, there is an undeniable family undercurrent.

Canada and the U.S. are like that. 

We have a constitutional monarchy, and they are a republic. We have socialized medicine, and they have . . . whatever it is they have going on down there. We have gun control, and they have lots of guns. And yet, and yet . . .  we both have the same freedom-iness about us.

This weekend, on July 1 and July 4, our countries celebrate freedom.  The paths each took to freedom are different, but there is an undeniable family undercurrent.

This weekend, enjoy your fireworks whenever and wherever they might be and drink a toast to our freedom-iness.

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