This morning the telephone rang while I was in the garage fixing bikes. It was my brother, Sean, on the telephone. The conversation went something like this…
"Hi there, Alec. Happy Canada Day!"
"Well, a Happy Canada Day to you too."
"Listen, I’ve got someone here who has a proposition for you. I’m going to put him on."
Sean handed the telephone to my nephew Hal.
"Hi Uncle Alec! You know what? This morning when Dad and I were cooking pancakes, one of them came out with a perfect maple leaf on it."
"Is that right? That’s very impressive."
"Do you want to buy it?"
Hal’s a precocious lad. This budding young tycoon had apparently heard of the Jesus Tortilla, and the Virgin Mary Grill Cheese auctioned off on eBay. Clearly he thought he had found his way to wealth with a Maple Leaf Pancake…
"Well, how much do you think you’d want for it Hal?"
"A billion trillion dollars!"
Hmmm… quick check of the pockets…
"I don’t think I have that much Hal."
"Oh, well, then how about $400?"
OK – the negotiations were getting serious now…
"I could give you a dollar, maybe."
"A dollar!!!" Hal’s voice rose in disbelief. "What about the Jesus Tortilla, and the Virgin Mary Grill Cheese? They sold for a lot more than a dollar."
"Well, I have a suggestion. Why don’t you take a photo of this pancake and send it to the Governor General? I’m sure she would appreciate it."
"Oh that’s a great idea." At that point he dropped the phone and yelled… "Dad, we’re going to send a picture of it to the Governor General!!!"
They may still freeze the pancake, and put it up for auction on eBay. Canadian buyers only, though. We wouldn’t want to have a national heritage artifact such as this fall into the hands of a foreign buyer.
Happy Canada Day!