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… OF BE­ING A KID IN SUM­MER. IT’S A hot July day and I’m just wak­ing up. Dap­pled sun­light plays across my bed­spread and a warm breeze moves through the room, mak­ing the cur­tains dance. I’m prob­a­bly 11 or 12 and my to-do list is short: fig­ure out how to fill the day.

As I con­tem­plate my choices, I hear my mother bound up the steps, two at a time. “Beach day!” she squeals. “Get up, get up, we’re go­ing to the lake!”

My heart skips. I love beach days. Don’t ask me to pick one thing about them – I can’t. I love the wa­ter and the waves. I love eat­ing lunch on my towel. I love how well my broth­ers and I get along when we’re knee-deep in sand­cas­tle strat­egy. I FEEL IN­CRED­I­BLY LUCKY TO HAVE had these care­free days, sur­rounded by love, light and laugh­ter. The older I get, the more I un­der­stand what a key role they play in my healthy at­ti­tude. My par­ents cre­ated a sturdy and bal­anced foun­da­tion so that we could grow into strong and re­silient adults. What a gift!

I’ve been think­ing about these long-ago sum­mers a lot lately as Canada cel­e­brates her 150th birthday. For a coun­try that iden­ti­fies as a cold-weather clime, it’s fun that our birthday is smack dab in the mid­dle of the hot sea­son. It’s like the ic­ing on the cake, if you will. We get to cel­e­brate our coun­try, and we don’t need our parkas to do it – touch wood.

Canada is di­verse in its ge­og­ra­phy and peo­ple. And while our ex­pe­ri­ences may be dif­fer­ent, our sen­ti­ment is the same: We live in an amaz­ing coun­try, and we know it.

This is­sue is a love let­ter to Canada, as we cel­e­brate her breadth and bold­ness. We’re spot­light­ing movers and shak­ers (pages 26 and 80), prepar­ing pa­tri­otic desserts (page 64), high­light­ing “Made in Canada” beauty prod­ucts (page 78) and show­cas­ing great swimwear ideas that pay ho­mage to iconic land­marks (page 90).

Plus, we have an amaz­ing healthy gar­den­ing guide. Just be­cause we have short sum­mers doesn’t mean we can’t en­joy great gar­dens. In this piece (page 32), we’re tak­ing an idea from our past – vic­tory gar­dens – to help plant the seeds of the fu­ture: a healthy, sus­tain­able so­ci­ety.

Cel­e­brat­ing Canada from the ground up feels right and good. Like a care­free child at the beach, the health­i­est of coun­tries grows from a strong foun­da­tion. Happy Canada Day! b


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