I’ve been a bit of a total blubbering mess today. I was a wreck from the time the alarm went off at 6 (to make empanadas, dontcha know), having been up well after midnight watching Naheed Nenshi (whom I went to Junior High school with) win the mayoral race. Sniff.
Later in the morning I got to give him a big jumping-up-and-down hug – and then feed him a thick slice of cherpumple for breakfast, which I figured he’d need to power himself through today, but in fact more likely may have caused him to crash and burn before lunchtime. (Why was I in the position to feed Naheed pie-cake before 8 am? Because Tuesday mornings I’m on CBC radio, and today he was in the studio – after only 2 hours’ sleep – astoundingly coherent, unlike myself.)
But wait, it gets better. A couple hours later I got to bring afterparty treats for the citizenship ceremony at the CBC building, which welcomed 40 new Canadians of all ages from 16 different countries. There were mounties and families and kids dressed up with shiny patent shoes waving Canadian flags, but the bagpipes undid me. I think I was the cryingest person in the room.
So – what to make for such an occasion? I decided on maple walnut white chocolate chunk cookies, date squares, Nanaimo bars, maple syrup tarts and my Grandma’s butter tarts – you can’t get much more Canadian than that, can you?