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Strength and Fragility

The emblem of my country is the maple leaf.  It’s not very impressive if you compare it to the eagle of the USA or the lion of England.  If you know maple trees, though, you’ll know this is a paradoxical symbol that is a poetic way to look at Canada.

The leaf is fragile.  It is easily detached from the tree.  In Autumn, it dies.  In Spring, it grows all over again.  It is beautiful.

The maple tree, however, is not fragile.  It is a hard wood.  It burns slowly and hotly.  It grows all over the world and lives a very long time.

If you extend these meanings to Canada, I guess you could say that we Canadians are fragile and beautiful but what holds us together makes us strong and enduring.  Not too bad, as far as national symbols go.

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4 responses

  1. Great texture!!!

    December 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

  2. The Maple tree is prone to rot in the crotches. It happened to ours and a very large limb broke away from the tree. Are you saying I should name that limb ‘Quebec’?

    December 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

  3. nice contrasts!!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    • Thanks, Chloe.

      December 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm