As some of you may know, I'm a bit of a Cannuckophile and Oztraphile. That is to say I'm a fan of most things Canadian and most things Australian whether it be films, music, or even just general pop culture.
I'm on the daily mailing lists of Ottawa's Globe & Mail newspaper as well as The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Melbourne). So I do parouse all three newspapers quite extensively. I recently read in The Globe & Mail that the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC has set up a website for expatriate Canadians living in the US to post their tales and memories. Despite not being Canadian I feel an incredible kinship with my neighbours to the north so I submitted a story and a photo:
I'm not Canadian, although I was raised in a small town in Northern NY, a mere 11 miles south of the NY State/Quebec border.
I traveled to and visited Canada frequently as a child and adolescent making many trips to Montreal and to Ottawa. I grew up listening to Canadian radio stations (the only American radio stations I could pick up in the Adirondacks were AM or only ever played country music) and watching about a 50/50 mixture of Canadian and United Stated television stations.
I remember going to my Grandmother's camp on the St. Lawrence at Frazier's Point in Quebec several times throughout my youth. And every year over the US Memorial Day weekend my parents & I would get together with several other families and go to Ottawa to go bicycling on the beautiful bike trails there. As a result Ottawa came to be much like a 2nd home to me.
Today I really miss those trips.I do make it to Canada somewhat frequently on business as I am a software/computer products buyer for the US's largest college bookstore chain. My territory includes our 20+ Canadian stores (most of which are in Ontario) and because 2 of the 3 nearest airports to my parents' home in Northern NY are in Canada (Ottawa and Montreal) I often fly into Canada when flying home to visit my family.
There's always been a part of me that wished I had dual citizenship. For, as much as I love the United States I also love Canada. I find myself often quick to correct misconceptions my fellow Americans have about Canada. And even though, I'm not truly a Canadian, I would love to get together with Canadians here in the US to help quell the popular misconceptions and misunderstandings my fellow Americans have of our neighbours to the North.
Darrin M., Woodridge IL