50 years ago I was 19 and our family took their one and only family vacation. We drove out to Lestock Saskatchewan to visit friends. 50 years ago...a lifetime ago....when I look back on it I can't recognize myself. It just so happened that 50 years ago, 1967, was Canada's 100th birthday. It was a centennial family vacation. I remember tents and rain and bugs an a long flat uninteresting prairie on the Trans Canada Highway.
A lot happened in 50 years. I grew old. I didn't grow up. I have no intention of growing up. I got married, had a child, got a job, lost my parents, retired and now...50 years later...it's Canada's 150th birthday. There will be no travelling vacation. Every day is a vacation now. We mark the day with a quiet appreciation for the country we live in, for the peace, the serenity, the health care, the freedom of speech. About the worst thing that has happened (internally) in this country is a couple of failed referendums when Quebec thought they might like to pull away from Canada. No civil wars thank goodness, no tanks rolling down our quiet streets, no gun fire in the night, no dictators. We are blessed. May we never take our lives here in Canada for granted. Happy Birthday Canada, here's to 150 more.