Monday, February 15, 2010

O Canada!

Despite the weirdness of the tap dancing fiddling rockers wearing flannel, I have to say that I really did enjoy the opening ceremonies. I might not have understood everything, but I liked it. I loved the fabric mountains and all of the projections. The whales, the leaves, the ice breaking... so cool!

What impressed me most was finding out from Tom Brokaw's introduction what the Canadians did for us on September 11th. Did you know that when American airways were shut down on that horrific day, Canada allowed over 200 flights to land and then provided food and shelter for over 33,000 people until they could get them back home? I remember that day and remember the deafening silence of the runway approach over our house. It never occurred to me that those planes might have had to land outside our borders. The bravery in accepting those strangers on that uncertain day and the charity the Canadians showed in taking care of them speaks to the generous character of our friends to the north.

While it is a small reward for such a great act of kindness, I am just thrilled that they got the home gold medal they were hoping for!


  1. That was a beautiful moment last night, wasn't it?

  2. We loved the opening ceremonies, too. So amazing! I think that was the latest we've ever let Dylan stay up. :)

    P.S. Speaking of 9/11, I remember reading a really neat book called "The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland". I think you'd like it, too.

  3. I did not know that about Canada. I never even thought of those flights and all those people who I'm sure were quite bewildered.

  4. Thank you, Thank you for this had me teary!!
    We are proudly Canadian and appreciate the recognition for the small efforts on 9/11. We shed tears on that day and in the weeks following, and we are still moved each time we see the images or remember the anniversary. Of course we would have you here....that's what friends do!!
    We are also extremely grateful for all the American efforts oversees, and proudly join you in Afghanistan. Thanks again, friend.
    SG in Albert.

  5. The History Channel (I think!) has a special about just that. I caught it on the 9/11 anniversary one year. It's worth checking out.

  6. Wow. I had no idea that Canada did that during 9-11. I actually got goosebumps reading that. Thanks for sharing. -Tara

  7. Love your blog! I check it everyday but rarely have time to leave a comment. I loved the opening ceremonies too! the water and then the mountains coming up.. very cool!

    My aunt was grounded in Gander for three days during 9/11. She was taken and fed by a wonderful couple whom she remains close with still and has gone to visit several time since. Thank you for your beautiful post!

    Sarah from B.C.


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