Blue Sue and Terri? Click off this page right now! Everyone else can read though …
Have they gone?
Anyway, for everyone else – I have been looking for something Canadian to take down to Dallas with me that’s made in Canada – not China, not Thailand, not India. Except it’s almost impossible to find anything made in Canada. Oh, yes, I could take maple syrup, but how stereotypical. And quite frankly, the Americans have great maple syrup from Vermont. Plus I’m a little worried that it might leak in my luggage.
I’ve come up with some ideas for my friends – they’d better not STILL be reading this – but I’d like to give Sue’s and Terri’s children something Canadian. Sue’s got two teenage boys, so I’m totally lost on ideas for them, but Terri – well, she’s got a lovely little daughter who looks like she’s a real girly-girl. I figured (okay, yes, this is stereotypical too) but she’d probably like a stuffed teddy or a doll or something. So there must be a bear dressed as a mountie – I know I’ve seen them as bears (black, brown and polar) and even moose dressed in Mountie outfits. But when you check their labels they’re all made in China. I went into the Hudson’s Bay the other day and yup, even the oldest store in North America only had ‘Canadian’ stuffed teddies made in China. Today I was in an Ontario Government building that had a ministry store in it that had teddies – bears, beavers, moose – all wearing Canadian outfits. And yup, “China”. I’ve been in craft marketplaces but they didn’t have anything. Well, ok, I found one stall but the teddies were made of real fur and cost $300. I don’t think I’ll go for those, thanks very much. I don’t care what they’re dressed in so much right now, just that they’re from Canada. And I can’t find anything.
What happened to Canadian products? Have we farmed EVERYTHING away?
So you Canucks out there – got any ideas of something I could give my friends to the south that says ‘Canada’?
(Oh, and today’s lesson for Dallas – when you pack up your laptop, remember to pack the power cord. I forgot! Oops! Remember to add that to your packing list, Leah… you’ll be totally screwed in Dallas without it.)