Writing Challenge: A Letter to Canada

Thank you for posting this month's Writing Challenge, Luci! Here is my letter to my country.

Dear Canada (my home and native land),

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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Comment by Mishaikh on October 25, 2015 at 6:16

At least Canada is not thinking about the immigranst the way Europe and some Europeans are thinking.  I have a great number of my closed relatives settled in Canada.  And no doubt my nephew is settled in Holland.

Comment by Onee-chan on October 25, 2015 at 3:29

Dear Tara, as I know....Canada is a big country, the second largest country in the world. When you said it has protective and peaceful arms, how lucky you are as Canadian. Very great country!

Thank you for sharing your great blog. :)

Comment by Tara Benwell on October 23, 2015 at 15:12

Thank you for all of your kind words! Canada will welcome you with open arms when you come to visit. 

Comment by setareh on October 23, 2015 at 8:46
Dear Tara, I wish happiness and prosperity for you and your great country. I hope oneday I can visit it's natural beauty and amazing places. Knock knock, who is it? It's me setareh from Ec, do you remember me Tara?:D
Comment by Alice E. on October 23, 2015 at 5:18

If a country's greatness is measured by the generosity and kindness of its people then Canada would top the list. You embody that trait so well Tara!  Really a pleasure knowing you here albeit just in a virtual sense but even then I can sense how nice you are so kudos to your country for fostering wonderful citizens!

Comment by Mishaikh on October 23, 2015 at 3:23

Canada, beautiful country of beautiful people.  I have lots of relatives living in Canada.

Comment by Expector Smith on October 22, 2015 at 23:34


I'm so thankful I once studied in Canada. I could have chosen the USA, but I made the right decision to study in Canada instead. I love it when lush green meadows are everywhere in the summer Canada. I still miss her!

And yes,  I love Canada partly because it's the homeland of our beloved admin Tara!

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