My home and adopted land
I am an American citizen, and have been since March 28, 1978.
I am also a Canadian citizen, and have been since sometime in 2005.
I hold rights, privileges, responsibilites and passports in both countries. I feel patriotism towards both. I appreciate so many things about each country, and also have certain things I dislike about each. But rarely do I feel that I must choose one country over the other.
But then comes the Olympics…. and I find myself in a bit of a quandry…when the US and Canada square off against each other, just who exactly do I cheer for?
Now, I like to joke that “I’ll tell you who I was cheering for after the game”, and that way I can pick the winning team every time. But DURING the game, I still have some issues!
On Sunday, I couldn’t hold back…I found myself gasping when the US tied up the hockey game in the final few seconds and then double-fist-pumping the air when Crosby and the Canadians won in overtime. Suprisingly and without coersion, I had been cheering for Canada.
Perhaps there is some deep psychological reason behind this, perhaps.
I think, however, I have a more simple answer…
I know who pays my healthcare.