Our entire family waited for the Olympics to start, and we watched every night. Momma popped a huge skillet of popcorn, slightly burned because that’s how Daddy liked it, and we ate in front of the television. Another night we had chocolate pudding in individual bowls because that was Daddy’s favorite dessert.
A Romanian girl named Nadia Comaneci dominated. We were the same age…
Oh, to be a perfect 10.
“Why can’t y’all do that?” Daddy chuckled half teasing, half not. Nadia flipped and flipped along the four-inch balance beam and soared overhead, landing back on Earth as gracefully as a ballerina.
“Probably the same reason you can’t win gold in the decathlon like Bruce Jenner.”
Momma spewed Tab out her nose.
“I guess so,” Daddy said.
For fifteen nights, we witnessed greatness as we held our breath and cheered together. During the day, my sister and I pretended to be Nadia while we practiced our feeble cartwheels in the front yard and balanced along a piece of plywood we found behind the pump house. We located Romania on our globe and read about it in the encyclopedia. Nadia was the closest thing we’d ever seen to a real live Tinkerbell.
That was then, but even now, when the world feels smaller and being impressed takes a new sort of specialness, I still love love love watching the Olympics. And I’ll watch most any event. I get a lump in my throat when I hear the National Anthem and see the American flag raise.
Lucy and Annabelle have gotten into the spirit as well.
Yesterday afternoon, to burn off a little excitement before the main events, we had our own Dog Olympics. They excelled in ball fetching, tug-of-war, and extreme barking.
And if cleaning their bowls should ever become an official olympic sport, they’d medal for sure.
The 2016 Olympics so far? Highlights for me (and it’s early yet)…
How about Katie Ledecky?? She is the boss.
Michael Phelps is a dolphin, and as of today, he’s the most decorated Olympian EVER with 19 golds.
Synchronized Diving? I’d have to give all the teams perfect scores.
U.S. Gymnastics – Men and Women. So incredible!
U.S. Beach Volleyball. Oh Em Gee.
U.S. Fencing – I love Ibtihaj Muhammad’s story.
What’s your favorite? Yes, you can vote for Lucy and Annabelle.
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