Prince Albert Voice
I hate to tell you this, my dear readers, but it seems there are may things you and I are not smart enough to understand. Or even think about. Luckily there are whole groups of people--I call them the Thought Police--who are glad to do that for us, helpless little children that we are.
No doubt most of my readers have crossed the world’s longest border between two countries by auto or by air. Can you say you noticed any great differences between ordinary Americans and Canadians? Did you expect to find all the stereotypes: that Canadians are more calm, co-operative and polite? That Americans are more hot-tempered, boastful and materialistic, each like a loud, strutting Colonel Sanders?
If you are a positive person you will say the COVID stay-at-home period had some positives. Family togetherness. Catching up on neglected chores. Relief from tiresome visitors. Rest from the frantic work-a-day world. And that popular motto, “Keeping together by staying apart”. And you are sure our scientific geniuses will soon solve the problem. [As for me I got to know my wife and she seems like a rather nice person.]
A fellow once told me his house was so small his wife had to go outside to change her mind. (I know, that joke has a beard.) What made me think of that was an article by Darrin Qualman, a Dundurn, Saskatchewan farmer, researcher and writer of international note. He tells us that the average-sized house in Canada in 1960 was about 1100 square feet; now it is about 2200--doubled.