Thursday, January 21, 2016

This Is Canada

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."
- Cynthia Ozick -

Imagine seeing snow for the first time in your life. How would you feel? What would your reaction be?

Well...

Yesterday I ran across this heartwarming video of three Syrian siblings (who have been in Canada for a mere few weeks) giggling and squealing as they go tobogganing in Peterborough, Ontario, a small city that is not too far from where I live. No matter how many times I watch it, I tear up and my heart is squeezed.

How the lives of these children have changed from war-torn Syria to refugee camps to playing in the snow in Canada. It is a reminder of some of the blessings we take for granted where we live: the absence of fear and the sheer delight in the simple things.

Welcome to Canada, kids!



(More about this story here:)

24 comments:

  1. This was so cute :) I loved the smiles on their faces and you could see the joy in their eyes!

    betty

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    1. It is really nice to see children so happy; as they should be.

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  2. Can't get more Canadian than that! What a delightful video -- thanks, Martha!

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    1. Ain't that the truth, Debra! These young'uns are learning quickly!

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  3. Couldn't agree more, Martha! The joy in these kids' faces is wonderful considering what their families have gone through.

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    1. Indeed, Jim. I can only imagine their lives before this.

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  4. Your country took the refugee crisis better than a lot of Europe and America did. Especially the southern united states. Who knew a bunch of rednecks didn't like the idea of a bunch of non-white and non-Christian people coming to live in their communities. These are the same rednecks who believe the only people who are racist, are black people.

    The far-right even calls Obama a racist. He's half white half black, with a half Asian sister and a good relationship with Latinos. Who does he hate? Eskimos?

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    1. I'm in full support of helping the refugees and I'm proud that our country is involved. The UN has described the situation these people are facing as "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era". Seeing these children playing and laughing makes me so happy.

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  5. We only know a small part o what these kids have been through. It's sad what mid east politics causes.

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    1. It is very sad. These children are now living in peace and playing and laughing as children should. Sadly, there are so many others that are still suffering.

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  6. AFter growing up in New Jersey, I can't imagine not knowing what snow would feel like! I was in South Carolina when they got an inch of snow a few years ago. The people went nuts running around in it and squealing with delight. It was quite a thing to see so I can understand how these kids are reacting!

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    1. I've had snowy winters my whole life, Barb, so I've no idea what it's like never having seen it. It must be quite amazing!

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  7. Happy feeling n God bless you all
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    1. It sure is, Francie. I can't tell you how many times I've watched this video and how it continuously squeezes my heart. This is truly the compassionate, friendly and all-embracing Canada that we know and love. And this video is our message to the world.

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  9. I love how your PM has been so kind and welcoming to these people who have seen unthinkable tragedy. Unlike our Republican presidential candidates who confuse the words terrorism and refugee. Drives. Me. Crazy. They are a hateful lot.

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    1. I am very happy with the way our PM has been handling this whole situation. He makes me so proud to be Canadian. This is a humanitarian crisis and these people need our help.

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