• Maggie Wheeler

Be a Canadian

The pandemic posts continue. Never in my wildest dreams did I foresee this content and focus in something as benign and introspective as my personal blog heading for the 60 milestone.

But here we are.

We’ve managed to keep our balance for another week, while around the world and especially south of us the chaos grows. We’re not out of the woods by a long shot, but our governments and agencies are working together admirably to close ranks and shut this thing down.

Everybody’s life has changed. For those of us deemed non-essential on the front lines, we serve by standing and waiting—at home. Our lives have suddenly become amazingly small and the adjustment has been very trying. It’s easy, as the days mount up, to get discouraged and even frightened. There is no owner’s manual for this, and as of this week we are in the thick of it.

Last week, on my author Facebook page, I did my first video: a check-in to my readers and followers with good wishes, some tough realities, and a source of strength to tap into right now. I won’t repeat all of it here, but I will share that source of strength we have with you: We are Canadian.

My background is history and English literature, which are essentially the same thing: The chronicling and interpretation of the times of our lives. History tells us that we are such a peaceful and peace-loving nation that, paradoxically, also has the greatest fighting spirit on the planet. Globally, people know that if war or conflict of any kind requires their participation, the person they want standing next to them is a Canadian.

Premier Doug Ford says that Ontario is entering its “dark time” in the battle with Covid-19. Let history remind you that never has Canada or its people stepped up to a battle and not persevered. This will be no different.

So remember who you are, what you are, where you live.

Dig your heels in. Keep your head up. Be a Canadian.

If you want to see the full video go here:

As it is a public page, I think (but am not sure) you can access it even if you don’t have Facebook. Let me know. I’ll be checking in each Thursday for a bit with a new video.

#staysafe #staythecourse

Talk next week,


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