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My name is not Joe…

January 14th, 2009 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana

But I am Canadian.

On days as cold as today I remember my Canadianess and take pride in the lessons the chill teaches me:

  • I know that mittens are better than gloves and I wear them, even though I’m a grown up.
  • I know that when the temperature drops like this I need to take my earrings off just to make things a bit more bearable.
  • I embrace the goofiness of the toque because I know now the my mother was always right – to be warm you have to wear a hat. In fact, the goofier the better, that’s why I own a rainbow toque with earflaps.
  • I know that longjohns are a necessity of everyday life as soon as January hits – if you can wait that long.
  • I pay attention to the forecast until they tell you the temperature, the wind chill and the amount of time skin can be exposed before it freezes.
  • I understand that sometimes it’s too cold to snow and that if the sun is really bright I need to dress more warmly and have tried to explain this concept to foreigners with little success.

“I don’t trust any country that looks around a continent and says, “Hey, I’ll take the frozen part.” – Jon Stewart

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