I'll admit it I am a sap, I am a sucker for the theatrical, parade of nations at the Olympics. Seriously, I always start crying just thinking of the dedication and achievement of all the athletes, especially those who train under primitive conditions. All the costumes, the cheering, the sense of unity and support, I just can't get enough of it. It's such an inspiring celebration of countries and cultures. It gives me pauses to respect the struggles of people all around the world and our common humanity.
Along with all this I also get a good dose of Olympic athlete envy, I mean after all who isn't secretl covetous of the cool outfits, the sponsors, and a super fun party in an exciting international venue (forget the grueling tests of extreme physical performance). Along with all of that come the perks of being disciplined, pushing your body to its ultimate level of performance, and being famous and admired by small children. So really I think I'd dig the life of an olympic athlete.
Just as i was musing on my desire to be in the Olympics, a true pipe dream, I saw the delegation from Guam enter. Wait Guam get's a spot in the Olympics! How did i miss this? My husband was born on Guam (as was another guy i dated- really i started wondering if i had a sign on me that flashed-"dates Guamanians!") An American citizen but technically, also a Guamanian! Here is my in~sure he's 36, engineer father of 3, but he's 6'2" and can hold his own in a sport. Surely he could find himself something. I began peppering him with questions on his best sports. I suggested some of the more obscure sports- maybe table tennis, archery, trampoline? One that required less physical stamina and more mental acuity? I assured him I'd be OK with summer or winter games.
He assured me that becoming a world class athlete wouldn't really fit in the family schedule, already over packed with work, mowing the lawn, high council speaking assignments, and taking ss#1 to music lessons. I don't give up that easily. So I am pushing-feel free to join me in my campaign. Smart daddy-o in London 2012 for Guam! He's got 4 yrs to qualify?? I don't see what the problem is.
my thankful 3
1. my cute guamanian husband!
2. choose your own topping donuts
3. olympic fun