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Sunday, August 10, 2008

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The journey of a thousand push-ups starts with a list.


I haven't paid the slightest attention to the Olympic games in years. Maybe since the Sarajevo games when I was fourteen. I've blamed it largely on the shift to biannual intervals, or an ex-pat's ambivalence over nationalism. Something's been missing for me. It's felt diluted.

Well, it turns out that adulthood was the only thinning agent, because nothing can re-ignite a long extinguished Olympic spirit like a nine-year-old boy who is on fire with it.

Since the opening ceremonies on Friday night, we have all been caught up in the excitement of the games. Some of us a little more fervently than others:




Blogger Chris said...

Adorable photograph and precious note. What a fantastic memory for your son! (He might be a bit sore though...)


7:00 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

Go boy go!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Alicia Mason said...

Precious! That's the great thing about being 9--what an unpoluted sense of self. It is great that he can dream and possibilities for greatness haven't been squashed. Yall are great parents! I'll be watching the 2016 Olympics to see the benefit of all those J. Jacks.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Joy! said...

Wonderful! I remember getting caught up in that Olympic excitement when I was young.

I'm feeling like I need to set some new goals for myself as well!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Jennifer H said...

Love it.

I've been composing a similar but far less ambitious list,after watching some of the events. Geez, the muscles...

We're glued to the coverage here, too.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

thanks! he's at that age where it feels appropriate to consult with him about using something of his on the website, so I showed him this post. I pointed to the comments counter, and told him those were people who also thought his Olympic spirit was pretty neat. he smiled big at that.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Wow! Lists and goals! He's definitely off to a good start. I'm damn near 50 and I've never quite grasped those concepts.

2:30 AM  
Blogger Neil said...

It is interesting how your goals change during life. When I saw clips of the Opening Ceremonies, I didn't want to be the athletes because of their amazing skill, but rather for the cool jackets they got to wear.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Dahlia said...

Hey, if you're gonna dream, dream big!

9:47 AM  
Blogger jon deal said...

My 5 year old now wants to compete at the Olympics in gymnastics and swimming.

Coincidently, she has only watched gymnastics and swimming with us last night.

12:41 PM  
Blogger LetterB said...

Love the list. I remember watching Nadia get her 10 (I am dating myself although I was very very very young at the time) and I remember distinctly my sudden burning desire to become a gymnast. To this day when I watch the olympics I always feel a quickening like that.

8:12 PM  
Blogger littlepurplecow said...

Ha! Love it. LetterB, I'm with you. I listened to Nadia's theme song until the 45 started to skip.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I think a chart is in order to track the progress! I love how inspirational the Olympics are, now if they could just help me to lose 10 lbs!

11:06 PM  
Blogger Suddenly Sixty said...

Same age as my grandson, your children are absolutely gorgeous! Anything that gets them off the computer.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, that's adorable!

7:01 AM  

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