Humans vs Harper is delighted to bring you our Canada Day Slide Show beginning with Stephen Harper – such a party poopster, eh – and traveling true north from there with images that speak to the many of us who have been working to protect our freedom and democracy.
Below, we present a small excerpt from Alice Monro’s The View from Castle Rock. It spoke to us about Canada and perhaps it will to you, as well.
“Not very long ago I was driving with my husband on the back roads of Grey County, which is to the north and east of Huron County. We passed a country store standing empty at a crossroads. It had old-fashioned store windows, with long narrow panes. Out in front there was a stand for gas pumps, which weren’t there anymore. Close beside it was a mound of sumac trees and strangling vines, into which all kinds of junk had been thrown. The sumacs jogged my memory and I looked back at the store. It seemed to me that I had been here once, and the scene was connected with some disappointment or dismay. I knew that I had never driven this way before in my adult life and I did not think I could have come here as a child. It was too far from home. Most of our drives out of town where to my grandparents’ house in Blyth–they had retired there after they sold the farm. And once a summer we drove to the lake at Goderich. But even as I was saying this to my husband I remembered the disappointment. Ice cream. Then I remembered everything–the trip my father and I had made to Muskoka in 1941, when my mother was already there, selling furs at the Pine Tree Hotel north of Gravehurst.”
Alice Munro, The View from Castle Rock