Tuesday, February 23, 2010

O Canada!

Canadians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue won the gold medal in ice dancing at the Olympics last night. Could there have been a more exuberant person than this guy on the medal stand? You could see his heart singing! It just made me feel great.

Unfortunately, I had fallen asleep before they and the Americans had given their final performances. I only awoke when they were awarding the medals, and I'm glad I did.

For those of you that aren't into sports, there is the singing of the national anthem before every game. For hockey, even at the collegiate level, they also sing the Canadian national anthem because so many Canadians are represented.

Our local engineering college is one of the big-time hockey universities. The only sport they really play with any gusto is hockey. It's a big deal here; I suppose it's like high school football in rural Texas.

My brother has had season tickets for decades and took my father to many games when he was alive. My Dad was blind from diabetes by that time, but he enjoyed the frenetic games and spending time with his son.

One of the funny things was my father singing O Canada at the top of his lungs before every game. Being a WWII veteran and patriot, you wouldn't think he'd get into singing the anthem of another country. But there he'd be, belting out the tune.

I think O Canada is the most singable and catchy of any anthem.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Go Canada!

1 comment:

Mom said...

They were such fun to watch- They exemplify all that is good about the Olympics