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Thank you for posting this month's Writing Challenge, Luci! Here is my letter to my country.
I’m so thankful that I was born in your protective and peaceful arms. That is not to say we don’t have any worries here. Just yesterday, the schools in our region were in a lockdown because of a murder nearby. But, fortunately, these things don’t happen very often in my region. I feel very fortunate to live in a country where most people don’t carry guns.
Your size is impressive, though sometimes I wish we could pinch you a little smaller. My family and friends are situated too far apart and domestic air travel is costly. I’m thankful for your mountains and oceans and your thousands of lakes. I don’t love how busy your highways are.
Canada, I appreciate your four seasons, but wish your winters were shorter. Pretty soon I may have to relocate to a sheltered valley in the west where the peaches grow. My children were born there, and I hope to return home one day soon.
The people here love you! This is evident when a sporting event is on. Though we usually dress in your colours of red and white, these days we are a sea of blue! The Toronto Blue Jays have made it to the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. Even though hockey is our favourite sport, our whole country is watching baseball right now.
This week, we elected a new Liberal leader to run you, Canada. Let’s hope Justin Trudeau is a man of his word. He certainly is a positive politician with a sunny disposition. He promises to support the middle class and bring change. Let’s hope our new prime minister doesn’t change too many things about our great country!
Love Tara (a proud and grateful Canadian)
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