Friday, February 12, 2010
"Live shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." Anais Nin
I love the Olympics...the coming together of athletes from all over the world; the courage for some of these little countries with one athlete; the comaraderie which seems to exist.
We watched most of the opening ceremony tonight...it ran so late we recorded it and will watch the rest tomorrow night. Of course, it is always a thrill when the USA enters...I have almost the same feeling of pride for the Canadians. Our trip last fall up through there gave us so much better of an understanding of our relationship with our neighbors. We were very impressed by how many places would fly an American flag right beside the Canandian flag...and not just at the border...this would be way up into the interior. And, truly, what warm, welcoming people!
We also have a greater grasp of the "First Nation"/"Aborigine" peoples because of having traveled there. I loved the different tribes at the opening ceremony...their clothing and dances, etc. I bet they will be a weary bunch of people tomorrow!
I didn't think anything could top or come close to the Ceremony in Beijing, but Vancouver did a wonderful job. It was just as good, but in a totally different way.