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by Ilana Angel

February 13, 2010 | 10:30 am

As I watched the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, I was overcome with pride that I am a Canadian.  For a moment, it made me wish my strategically placed tattoo of the Canadian Flag were in a place where everyone could see it.

I moved to Canada when I was 3 years old.  My father worked for the NCR Company and with each promotion, throughout his 30 year career, we moved to a new city.  I have lived in:

Regina, Saskatchewan
Langley, British Columbia
Toronto, Ontario, and
Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I love Canada.  I love butter tarts, ketchup flavored potato chips, Red Rose tea, and gravy on my french fries.  I am happy that my son is also a Canadian citizen.  Even after 18 years in Los Angeles, Canada is my home, and always will be.

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

I am thrilled that the world is getting a chance to see how great Canada is, how wonderful her people are, and the beauty of Vancouver and the surrounding areas. 

Good luck to all the athletes.  May God keep you safe, and my prayers and support to the Olympic team of Georgia.

To all those competing, take a deep breath, give it your all, savor the moment, and keep the faith!

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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