On this Civic Holiday I wish to pay homage to the Province Iâ€™ve lived most of my life in. Saskatchewan.
Iâ€™ve lived here a total of some 28 years or so, so I speak with some authority.
Sadly however, I was not born here. But many of my family was. My dadâ€™s side of the family broke the land and built a family farm north of Saskatoon, even before this place was an official province. So I figure I have land rights here.
Why I love this place?
1. Its perfect rectangular shape.
This place is the best and easiest place to draw when you are in grade four and asked to draw a picture of your province. Four lines, shaped like a rectangle. How perfect is that??
I love this place.
2. The People.
The people here are people close to the earth. They are well grounded and caring people. Iâ€™ve traveled a bunch and the more I get around, the more I appreciate the generous and good people of this province. If you have car trouble here, no problem, just stop and ask.
Recently we had some friends from BC travel through the province and stop in for a short visit. That small exposure to Saskatchewan hospitality made them want to live here, and the last I heard they were making plans to move.
This place has great people.
3. The Saskatchewan Roughriders
The green Rider-Nation extends across this country from sea to shining sea, because once youâ€™ve been to a rider game and suffered long with them through their drought seasons, you are hooked.
I was here and old enough to remember the end of the Ron Lancaster winning years, and itâ€™s been such a looooong loosing season, that this present 6 and 0 year has been fun. But the fact that we have had a 25 year loosing streak has only brought more fans to the green and white. Where else on earth (Beside Toronto and their Loosing Leafs) could you see that happening?
No, the riders are a provincial deal and people travel for hours just to get to a game.
And even when Iâ€™ve left the province, Iâ€™ve still cheered for the Green and White, because they are the best.
4. Saskatchewan is not about the individual, it is about the community.
Opposite to Alberta with her rugged individual emphasis, we are about the community. This may have come from the early years when you needed your neighbours to help survive the long winters. You couldnâ€™t get by on your own.
Out of this emphasis came universal health care, and, I believe, the Credit Union movement. The Co-op (Cooperative) was all about us doing things together that we couldnâ€™t do apart.
The world has benefited from this distinctive of being from Saskatchewan. And we are too community minded to honk our own horn about this.
I love this about us.
5. Corner Gas
This funny funny show, based in Saskatchewan, has become so much bigger than prairie humour. When I travel and mention where Iâ€™m from, people ask about that show and I can proudly confirm their views of life in small town Saskatchewan.
It does real Saskatchewan small town life, to a tee. And thatâ€™s whey itâ€™s so funny.
6. Itâ€™s Beautiful.
Thatâ€™s why I love this place.
Now, why do you like it?