How many people took today off to make it a 4-day weekend? If you’re allowed to do it, why not? Just don’t be dishonest and call in sick if you’re not. We’re heading into the weekend that has been the traditional time to plant the garden and the flower pots and for those who have lake cabins to drive up and get them ready. The golf courses should be busy and I’ll be hauling our clubs out of the garden shed to clean them up and perhaps even sneak in a round by Monday night.
Monday is called Victoria Day, named after a bridge that’s being replicated across the river in Saskatoon. I’m kidding, of course, as Monday observes the birthday of Queen Victoria who was Queen when Canada became a nation in 1867. B.C.’s capital city is named after her and actually so is ours. Regina is Latin for Queen, Victoria being the Queen in question. She was the longest reigning monarch until surpassed by her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth in 2015, and was actually born on May 24th but we celebrate it on the closest Monday prior to the 25th of May when we also honour the birthday of the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth, whose actual birthday is on April 21st…… Anyway, it’s a great excuse to have a stat holiday and either get the day off or be paid extra for working it, right? We should be thankful because while Victoria Day is celebrated in parts of Scotland, especially Edinburgh, it doesn’t even exist in most of England.