Oh those Canadians!

7-10-17

Today is a big day if you are a Canadian … not only is it Canada Day, but it is the day to celebrate the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.

This is the official image commemorating the event.  The  emblem’s thirteen diamonds represent the provinces and territories, and the red diamonds are the initial four provinces at confederation time.  I am sure that the Canadian children already learned all about the sesquicentennial before school closed for the Summer.  I know we had big doses of both British and Canadian history as young pupils back in the E.A. Orr Elementary School days.

Canada_150

When I was still living in Canada, there was much hoopla when our country got its very own flag on February 15, 1965, then the Union Jack was no longer flying on every flagpole.

There will be events throughout Canada to mark this occasion, and, it will be much like when the USA celebrated its Bicentennial back in 1976.  You  might recall the special coins minted that year, and, I remember collecting those quarters from each of the 50 states in 1976 – did you do this too?  I was working at the diner that Summer and  many of our customers asked that we save Bicentennial quarters so they could complete their collection, sometimes for themselves, or their kids or grand kids.

Today was a big celebration for this Canadian gal as well, as I passed over that halfway mark for miles walked this year.  As you know, every year, I try to pass the prior year’s walking miles … last year I walked 754 miles, so, for 2017, I will need to walk 755 miles. My mini-goal each year is to reach half of those miles at the midpoint of the year.  This morning I did just that at 377 miles, and, now I must strive to stride toward that ultimate goal.

[Image of official emblem of Canada 150 from Wikipedia]

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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4 Responses to Oh those Canadians!

  1. Marge says:

    Congratulations in meeting your goal. I know you will do it.
    Boy! 150 years. Congratulations Canada.

    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Marge – my childhood school chum Maggie Rust posted a video about Canada and I heard the anthem, saw the pictures and misted up a little and it gave me goosebumps. It reminded me of my mom, the first year we lived here and she watched the Toronto Santa Claus Parade on Channel 9 and she was so homesick that she cried like a baby. She missed her mom and friends a lot.

  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………..Congratulations Canadian born girl…………………………I strive to stride each morning too……………………

  3. lindasschaub says:

    Ann Marie – thanks … I appreciate it and hopefully this morning’s rain has not put a damper on walking – we are having the second downpour of the day already. I said that nothing is going to stop me now in my effort to meet that goal, but pouring rain is not too inviting for walking either … too many years of waiting for the bus to go to work in the driving rain. Are you still wearing the pedometer when you walk?

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