Posted by: Diane | June 28, 2013

Preparations for Canada Day

It’s a long weekend for us Canucks (Canada is turning 146 years old on July 1st.) For those non-Canadians,  here’s a little history – on July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day.

School’s out for the summer and it’s time to play. We’re having a big family party on Monday and already our house is beginning to look like a playground. We’re blowing up floating chairs, filling up the propane tanks for the BBQ,  gathering tractor tubes for guests to bob around in, buying sparklers, filling up the bird feeder, mowing the lawn, getting the menu checked off, decorating the property and last but certainly not least, hanging a big Canadian flag on the back deck.

Of course, Chris is just itching to get that boat in the water as well.  It’s not officially summer for Chris until his boat is launched. Hopefully, that’ll happen tomorrow and Chris will be a happy man.

I sent Chris out shopping for some last minute food items before the weekend onslaught of cottagers bombard our local grocery store. He got everything on the list and more…

As we were unpacking all the groceries, Chris sheepishly confessed that he had bought fireworks. I’m telling you, he was like a little boy – eyes wide as saucers and a mischievous smile that just couldn’t be contained.  It just so happened that my 24 year, lawyer-to-be son was walking into the kitchen, looking for lunch at this time and his ears were burning.

Drew: Fireworks? You got fireworks? Where are they?

Chris: They’re in the car.

Drew: Cool!

In those few seconds, fireworks had become the priority in Drew’s life as well – food had became secondary and that doesn’t happen very often.

Two grown men, talking about setting off fireworks on the dock. No question – there is a little boy lurking inside every man.

The funny thing is that most likely, most of the family will be gone by the time it gets dark on Monday night and I can see it now – Chris and Drew standing on the dock – just the two of them – setting off fireworks and having the time of their lives.

It’s Canada Day weekend and we’re gonna’ have fun!

don't forget to play


  1. We’re looking forward to it!!!
    Woo hoo!!!

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