O Canada!

No photos to post as I’ve just arrived in the Great White North, just a quick anecdote to share:

I was deep in thought as our plane descended to land in Vancouver.  It’s been 18 months since I left Canada and my life is so different in America that I know I’m a different person from who I was when I last lived in this country.  What remains the same is the great affection I have for my homeland, its people, our values (tolerance for complexity, concern for the common good, good manners etc.).  As I cozied up to these warm and fuzzy thoughts an empty water bottle whizzed past me and my neighbour (who was sleeping soundly).  The plastic projectile hit the arm of the woman sitting next to the window.  She was busy filming the earth rushing towards us until she was interrupted by the guy who threw the bottle.  He hissed, “Stop using your electronic device; can’t you see we’re landing?  You’re messing with all of us.  Stop your filming, eh!”  She shut off her camcorder and muttered an apology under her breath.  It was a very odd, yet very Canadian exchange…  it’s so nice to be home!

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    • Walker Young
    • April 20th, 2010

    Welcome home Helsa!

    I love your blog – you are really great with words. Enjoy your time with your Mom – tell her Derek and I say “Hi!”.

    Love
    Walker

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    • Thank you – it is so good to stand on Canadian soil. Big hug to you both!

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    • Brent
    • April 21st, 2010

    No cameras allowed during take off and landing?

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    • Indeed – the announcement to turn off all electronic devices including cameras, laptops, and music players prior to landing was pretty clear. Fun fact: Jennifer Love Hewitt was on my flight.

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