Today is Canada Day in Canada. It is a national holiday commemorating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, which united Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and what is now Quebec and Ontario into a single country.
Although I only live about 200 miles (322 km) from the Canadian border, I haven't been to Canada since 2008. At one time, I had a dream of celebrating Canada Day in Canada and then going back over the border and celebrating the Independence Day of the United States back in my country. I would have had the perfect opportunity to do that this year, with July 1 on Friday and July 4 (a Federal holiday) on Monday.
But, instead, I found myself taking pictures of a pair of socks. They just wouldn't come out right so I had to do it over and over. I'm still not satisfied, and I hope I am not offending my Canadian readers.
Leave it to me, who enjoys owning unusual (for Americans, anyway) socks, to own a pair of socks with maple leafs on them.
Instead, I should be making a Canada Day dessert.
Back in 2008, I entered Canada on the 4th of July. Do you (if you grew up in the United States of the 1950's) remember the old joke "is there a 4th of July in Canada?" Well, there is. And once we got to our destination, we found that the Canada Day fireworks had been postponed three times due to rain. So, we watched them on a warm July 4 evening, in Saint John, New Brunswick.
On that trip, I found out about another custom of Canadians in celebrating Canada Day - municipal birthday cakes.
I honestly think that is one of the coolest thing I've ever heard of. In the United States, we celebrate in many ways, but I don't think my town has ever served birthday cake. We should serve cake on July 4. Isn't July 4 the birthdate of our country?
I do plan, later today, if the weather permits (storms are forecast) to pick raspberries and the last of the strawberries at a local U-Pick. Ah, the red fruits of early summer.
Perhaps, I'll make this delicious sounding parfait tonight.
Or, I'll just have some vanilla frozen yogurt with strawberries, and raise a toast (I have strawberry flavored vodka in the house) to our wonderful neighbors to the north.
Long may they, and us, be friends.