First

On the first day of Christmas
Canada gave to me
A nation, sea to sea to sea.

Drat.  That’s accurate, but doesn’t scan real well.  

Atlantic Ocean churned by 2004 tropical storm.
Atlantic Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Two people in parkas standing barefoot in Arctic Ocean.
Arctic Ocean

What am I doing?  Looking to tie up my national treasures list in a way that’s seasonally appropriate.  As with many things in life, it’s easier said than done.

On the first day of Christmas
Canada gave to me
A nation, wi-ith three seas.

Hmm.  That can be made to scan and is reasonably accurate, but only if I consider “sea” to be the equivalent of “ocean,” as opposed to, say, an inland sea.

On the first day of Christmas
Canada gave to me
A nation, bounded by seas.

Drat.  That scans fine and handles the inland versus coastal sea ambiguity, but ignores the Canadian/American border, a national treasure in its own right.

I tell you, I have a whole new appreciation for songwriters.

Anyway, in the spirit of “starting,” as expounded in Seth Godin’s recent blog, I’m gonna go with this.

See you tomorrow.


And for those who prefer not to click through, here’s the aforementioned post in its entirety . . .

Seth’s Blog: Start small, start now

This is much better than, “start big, start later.”
One advantage is that you don’t have to start perfect.
You can merely start.