What’s with a national holiday being named after a dead foreign monarch? Give me a break. I know we were once part of the ‘glorious’ British Empire, but let’s get over it and move on. And that goes for my Quebecois friends, who today celebrate la fête des patriotes. Truth be told, almost no one here has the faintest recollection of what events we are supposed to hold dear in our collective memory.
So, let’s celebrate what we actually do on this much deserved long weekend. All across this country we get our hands dirty by planting vegetables, flowers, shrubs, and trees. Let’s celebrate our connection to the earth and let’s become faithful stewards of that part of the planet we call home.
One other thing, on this meaningful day let’s also pay homage to Canada’s First Nations Peoples, who struggle to this day to maintain their spiritual connection to the land and who have never defiled it in the name of unsustainable economic growth. We can learn a lot from them.
By the end of the day, I hope you have all had the opportunity to reconnect to the earth. Dig in the garden, spread some seeds, plant some flowers in a pot if you have to, swim in a lake, park the car, or ride a bike.
Let’s live in the present with an eye to the future and put aside things that no longer matter.