Unlike many of my friends, I am not a birthright-Canadian. I came to this country thanks to a loving couple who wanted to adopt me. From a very early age, they instilled in me a great love for my new home, and for the people who live here.
The fact that I was adopted prompted me to also consider adopting a child who had no one to call his or her own. Three years ago, I qualified to adopt a son who happens to hail from my country of birth. While it did take time, I was eventually allowed to formalize the adoption and my son is now also a citizen -just like me.
He is old enough to appreciate learning about the history of Canada. This has in turn motivated me to spend more time seeking out places that help to tell the story of the country. When I can afford to take a few days off, the two of use will go on short adventures. Those outings always involve visiting at least one site that has to do with the culture or history of the country. And with every trip we make, our appreciation for and loyalty to this nation increases.
Whether you came to this country as a child, or as an adult, or were born here, there is a lot to be proud of in this country. The sad thing is that so many people take what we have for granted. My site will hopefully help to dispel some of that, and aid others in learning more about why being Canadian is such a great thing.