Girl: There’s this boy in my class. He’s SUCH a jerk! All he talks about it how great it is in America and how lousy Canada is. He even said he was going to do a class report on how much better the USA is than Canada.
Me: He must have been joking about that part.
I guess so.
–Does he know you’re also Canadian?
–He’s just trying to get a rise out of you.
–Has he even been to the States?
Probably. Yeah, I think they went to Florida on vacation.
–Florida! They probably saw more Canadians there than Americans. They all come down to escape the winter.
–You know, when I was a kid in Britannia Beach we had American families living among us. The mine was owned by Americans. Some of their kids would brag to us all the time about how great it was down in the States. We used to roll our eyes every time and then talk about them later.
–Americans are always shooting their mouths off about something, but Canadians don’t like it when people brag. Actually, it used to be that way, but now I’m not so sure. Last time I was in British Columbia I noticed how they now put The Best Place on Earth as a slogan on their license plates. Canadians always used to be so modest, and now they’re trying to tell everyone that BC’s the best place on earth? I mean, when you know you’ve got something special, you don’t go around bragging about it. That’s the way we grew up, anyway.