What an emotionally draining weekend it was for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
It started Friday night with the much anticipated 4 by 100 race at the Olympics.
Canada’s team was young and inexperienced, but because of the magical aura of Andre De Grasse, we had hope.
There was bitter disappointment when the Canadians finished two tenths of a second out of an Olympic medal, but a disqualification of the American team vaulted Canada into a bronze medal and contributed to Canada’s best ever showing at the Summer Olympics.
Then, there was Saturday night and the Tragically Hip.
Thousands packed the arena in Kingston for the final concert; millions more watched on TV as Gord Downie and the Hip emptied the tank with a performance that will never be forgotten.
There were tears on stage, tears in the audience and tears across Canada as we said thank you to a group of troubadours who have touched our Canadian souls.
Flag waving and chest thumping patriotism isn’t something Canadians do very often, but we seemed to make an exception this weekend.
There were tears of joy and tears of sadness and through it all, a sense of national pride.
It was a great weekend to be Canadian.