Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. Here are some things I am grateful for that, normally, I just take for granted:
1. Coffee Filters: The usefulness to cost ratio is immense. Making coffee without these perfectly shaped manufactured items would be a pain.
2. Cotton: From t-shirts to pyjamas, cotton is nature’s way of giving us a hug.
3. The Printing Press: The invention of this magnificent tool, and its offspring, has given me more pleasure than any human is entitled to.
4. Debit Cards: I remember when I was young (cue old man voice) and the panic for everyone to get to the bank on Friday and withdraw enough cash to see you through the weekend. This was a pain and especially so if you miscalculated how much you would need.
5. Sewage System: Poopy go bye-bye and with it so have many diseases.
6. Toilet Paper: Although I think this is still a method that could use some improvement, it’s better than going all day with “mud butt.”
7. The Internet: I can play Words With Friends and Scrabble with my brother-in-law who lives a half a world away in England, and partake in some trash talking in real time. This is as close to magic as I think I’ve ever come.
8. Science: From vaccinations to engineering, almost every modern convenience we enjoy today exists because someone asked, “How does this work?”
The first Canadian Thanksgiving dates back to 1578 when Martin Frobisher led an expedition to the Canadian North in the hopes of establishing a small settlement. Yikes!
Here is the area:
After his ships were separated, battered by severe weather, some sunk by icebergs, and many of the sailors killed, they did manage to meet up in an inlet that is now known as Frobisher Bay. A mass was held to give thanks they had survived. The settlement never happened.
Frobisher returned to England later that year with what he thought was a thousand tons of gold ore that turned out to be totally worthless. Sigh. I guess naming a bay after the poor man was the least Canada could do.