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Two Weeks And Then What?

Over the past two weeks, Canadians have gone through a major transformation. No longer were we the quiet and subdued people that others thought we were (We were still the incredibly polite people that we have been labeled as, helping visitors find their way to venues and Skytrain/Canada Line stations). We showed the world a side of us that surprised many, including ourselves. We showed them the patriotism that sits inside all of us, and the pride we have of being Canadian. However, it was a patriotism that was perhaps different than the usual sense that some people may thing. Perhaps Stephen Colbert said it best where what Americans call “patriotism”, we just call “loving Canada.” This could not be closer to the truth. While we enjoyed expressing our superiority in the during the Olympics (especially after the gold medal hockey game), we celebrated every Canadian athlete and performance, regardless if they were standing on the podium receiving a gold medal or if they came 25th. We walked the streets decked out in Canadian gear and flags. We sang O Canada and chanted “Go Canada Go!” everywhere – in the stadiums, in the pubs, bars, and restaurants, in the streets, and yes, even on public transit. Everywhere you looked, a sea of red and white was there to greet you and countless red mittens waved in the air. Strangers came together and celebrated not just the games, but just simply being Canadian.

However, as many people and media have noticed, maybe it was only a temporary wave of pride. After two weeks of the biggest party on earth, and two weeks of constant celebration during the energy in the streets was electric, things just seem to have gone back to the way they were before (I have yet to go back and visit downtown, but from what I hear it’s true there too.) No longer is there the sea of red. No longer are people beaming with pride and happiness of being Canadian. No longer are people wearing those iconic red mittens. It’s as if those two amazing weeks known as Vancouver 2010 were an isolated bubble of time. Like the were merely a passing moment. Like a two week long period of instant gratification to be savoured, but forgotten as soon as its over. Maybe it’s just because people are tired and are recovering. Maybe it’s because everyone is  back in class or back at work now. Only time will tell, and hopefullyt the patriotism and energy that we saw from February 12th to 28th will continue to exist even in the tiniest form. Hopefully,t what many of us have called the experience of a lifetime will not become forgotten in the recesses of our memories, with our keepsakes and souvenirs tucked away in boxes or scrapbooks, and photos lost amongst archives and albums, never to be looked at again. It would be a tragedy if we were to forget what Vancouver 2010 has brought out of us, as individuals and as a nation. But only time will tell. Regardless of what happens, I know I will continue wear my Canadian gear with pride. Go Canada Go!

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