“Do you have anything to declare?”
I get asked this question every time I return to Canada, and every time I have to stifle a giggle. This is mostly because I’m terribly immature. But seriously, every time I cross the border, I have to fight from making a silly comment that’s sure to send me straight into the loving arms of Canadian or American security personnel.
On our way home from Nashville this past weekend, Emily and I were laughing about the things we could say when asked this question. Here are a few of the answers we thought were pretty funny:
- “We had a wonderful time, thanks for asking!”
- “I’m a little gassy, sorry.”
- “Do you know they’ve got beer in their grocery stores?”
- “A monkey and a jetpack.”
- “I forgot my passport, can I just show it to you next time?”
- “I love lamp.”
- “The only things we bought were a bunch of Guns… [uncomfortably long pause] and Roses t-shirts.”
- “These aren’t my kids.” (See also, “These aren’t my parents.”)
- “Not really, do you?”
What about you? What are some ways you’ve always wanted to answer the declaration question at the border?