Every once in a while, when talking to friends and family on this side of the border, I am reminded that my childhood was somewhat different then my American counterparts.
Here is my feeble attempt at compiling a list of those differences.
1. Canadian kids grew up making crafts and playing make believe with Mr.Dressup
instead of hanging out in Mr.Rogers' Neighbourhood
2. The frequent trips to Petro Canada with a pocketful of pennies, nickels, and dimes to buy sour soothers, blue whales, and red hots.
3. Challenging friends and family to "toothpick races" at the first sign of the snow melting.
4. Having a hockey rink in the backyard.
5. The delight of having lips, tongue, and fingers stained red from eating Old Dutch
6. Watching Sesame Street
and not noticing that the parts with Dodi, Basil the Bear, and Louis the Otter were spliced in for Canadian content
7. Having a major crush on Gus Pike from Road to Avonlea.
8. Wondering why that chick was named "Busy" on Ready or Not.
9. Reading Chickadee magazine
and watching Owl TV for cool Dr.Zed experiments
to make at home. (My mom never did get me a sheep's stomach to make Dr.Zed cottage cheese!)
10. Spending the summer at Lake Okanagan and constantly being on the look out for Ogopogo
. He was spotted once while I was there - by patrons of a bar across the lake from our summer house.Expat Talkback:
What memories do you have of growing up in Canada?