London Calling: Gearing up for the Summer Olympics!
Everyone looks forward to the weekend, but if you’re an Olympics fan like me, then you’re REALLY excited this week. I have watched the Olympics my entire life, each one marking a unique moment or chapter in my life. In 1974, as a four year old, I kicked off a lifetime obsession by creating drawings for every sport I watched on television. When I was eight and 12, I remember marathon sessions on the couch, combined with outdoor sporting “events” in the backyard.
Fast forward to 2002 when I was living in LA and entered a lottery to run in the winter Olympics torch relay. I had the amazing good fortune to be selected as a support runner, who would run alongside the torchbearer. I showed up early that morning to discover I would be running with actor, Chris O’Donnell (only in LA, right?!), who graciously handed the torch to me to carry for a beautiful minute; thanks for that, Chris!) And to top it all off, I went to Salt Lake City for a spectator’s dream weekend.
Just two years later brought significant change of another sort… motherhood. 2004 marked Livi’s birth (of course it was an Olympic year!) I remember nursing on the couch and pacing in front of the television, not quite sure what to do with the colicky infant in my arms, but feeling some small measure of comfort in watching the Games.
Fours years later, I had a four year old who was content to watch some of the Games with Mama, even if she didn’t fully grasp all the ins and outs.
Today, I’m ready for another Games, but also to watch them as part of a new chapter, with my eight year old sidekick. What will be different? Over the past couple of years, Livi has been playing sports year round and trying out all that we can fit into our schedule. Now that she is deep into learning the rules and thrills of every sport, she’ll be watching with an entirely new focus. There will be lots of couch conversation surrounding athletes, plays and procedures. She’ll see how the world’s best play her own sports and she’ll learn about some sports that have yet to cross her radar. And we’ll use the opportunity to dive into some geography lessons. But more than anything, I’ll enjoy sitting at her side and putting life on pause, before the summer comes to a close, before a new school year starts and before we enter yet another chapter in this book called Life, which reads way too fast.
Let the Games begin!
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Hosting an Olympics party for kids? Check out the Birthday of Champions event I hosted a couple of years ago!
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Make a craft Olympic torch here!