I have to start off by saying that over the next two weeks I can only assume that my posts will have a very common theme....the Winter Olympics.
It was back in 2003 that I sat around a computer at work and heard that we were awarded the 2010 Olympics, 7 years. Trevor was 1 and Brendan wasn't even a thought yet.
I ask the commercial question because lately I have been overwhelmed with emotion while watching the Olympic themed commercials. I think it stems back to the fact that when my Dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 one constant thing he said to his doctors was that he WOULD be here for the Olympics in 2010. Although he put up the biggest fight he possibly could have it didn't happen and know as the time comes closer I wish that he could be here, he was so proud of his city and was so very excited. Rory helps to cheer me up by saying that my Dad gets to see everything, he doesn't need a ticket (oh by the way 4 gold medal hockey tickets are currently on auction for $70k).
Yesterday the torch came through my town on it's way to the final destination. I live only a block from the torch route so I took the day off work so the whole family could witness this. There was an all day celebration at our events center and the plan was to stay the day there. Trevor had other ideas though, he came down with a 103 degree fever and was going nowhere. He was ok in the early morning when the torch went by our house so he did see this, I would love to show the pictures I took but .... well always check your cameras battery before leaving the house, yep dead battery only discovered minutes before the runner went by.
I did go to the events center to see the community cauldron lit, I unfortunately only have one picture because 10,000 people showed up for this event and I couldn't get close enough for pictures, I swear every 7 foot person in Langley stood in front of me. I would move and another 7 foot kid would move in front of me...who knew Langley had so many tall people, I guess I didn't get the memo as I stopped growing at 5 feet :)
Last Monday my brother in law was a torch bearer in a small town up north in our province. It's funny how things turn out, by bil was the torch bearer in the town my Dad grew up in, I thought that was weird. You don't get to keep the torch you run with but can purchase it, after all is said and done it costs about $500. Not everyone on his route purchased the torch so he had a surprise for Rory and brought him home a torch as well, Rory was so happy. I personally don't get why you would want it if you didn't run but Rory feels like he has a piece of our history and couldn't be happier. Oh by the way, many locals have dubbed the torch the joint, and considering that we are unfortunately known as the marijuana capital of North America not sure the design was the best choice, you can be the judge, lol.
I am taking in many of the free events during the games and did get tickets to an awards ceremony, not quite sure what to expect for that .
So the plan is to ensure that the battery is charged and to have the best experience ever!!! I'm guessing just a few more tears to shed. Tears of pride though.
Oh and Trevor he has fifths disease (slap hand) a virus that will keep him home for the next week and a half to ensure it doesn't spread further.