Saturday couldn’t decide if it wanted to be the summer’s hottest day or its stormiest; it compromised and so the kids got heatstroke and our evening barbeque was ruined.
But it was all okay, because, in the evening, the Mother of ALL Fireworks displays, to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada. Which is really the 150th anniversary of the beginning of Canadian Confederation, through the creation of the Dominion of Canada, which, at the time, included the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
My family came to Canada in 1984. I was ten; my parents in their very early thirties. We got our citizenship three years later—so, I’ve been Canadian for 30 years now.
Patriotism is a tricky thing for immigrants and children of immigrants—especially when your relationship to your birth country and its government(s) is… you know… fucked. It leaves you… cynical, at best, I think. Anyway. Happy though I have been to call Canada home and myself a Canadian, I’m not sure that I’ve ever gotten goose bumps singing the Canadian anthem.
But I totally got goose bumps listening to this:
Sunday was hot.
So hot I melted. I wasn’t skin and bones: I was a fountain of sweat. The day was the definition of sultry and it was glorious. It made me slow and lazy—I moved slowly through the day and I loved it.
I thought, a lot, about process. Also stress and cortisol levels.
Also, why it is that I like smoking cigars so much. And how really, I’m lucky that the Cuban street stash is long gone and I have to pay extortionate Canadian prices for my tobacco, because it keeps my indulgence to a level that’s on the okay side of addiction.
(I’m not addicted, okay? I just really like them.)
(But, um, if you’re going to Havana… there’s this place I can send you… let’s talk…)
Flora: It’s disgusting and it’s going to kill you.
Jane: I’m doing this at least in part to make you sure never think smoking is cool.
I’m doing this at least in part because it slows down time.
Did I tell you? I’m taking back time.
One slow lazy sultry day, hour at a time.
Monday hasn’t happened yet.
Isn’t that wonderful?
It’s all in the future. All potential.
At its end, I will have Cinder back home, and all five of us will be HERE.
And it will be hot. And sultry.
And even though I have so much to do so much to do so much to do, I will move through my day slowly.
I’m doing it.
PS I moved so marvellously slow I didn’t get around to posting this until the cooler evening. 🙂
Loved this! And the song, too!