Happy belated Canada Day! This is a day I celebrate unabashedly. I truly love this country and I feel so fortunate to live here.
I began celebrating Canada Day – dressing up, feeling more patriotic, etc. – shortly after we adopted Claire when her Canadian citizenship came through just days before July 1. Of course, I had to buy a cute little outfit for our family’s newest little Canadian! Since then, dressing up and making a Canada Day cake (or at least partaking of one!) has been a family tradition for us.
I hope Claire and Ren will always be proud Canadians like they are now. But just as importantly, I hope they will always remember and feel pride in their country of birth as well (we will certainly foster that!). Say what you will about China’s politics but there is no denying the fascinating history, culture, language and landscape of China. On Canada Day, I can’t help but remember what they lost when they became citizens of our beautiful country (China doesn’t allow dual citizenship.)
These little collages are for the kids’ memory books.