BLOG: Olympic Fever
When are the Olympics over again? I’m not even competing and I am exhausted! Like most people, my family and I don’t have the time to watch them during the day. We have to watch them several hours after they have already taken place and the scores are tallied.
In order to enjoy them in all of their glory, we steer clear of any TV, radio and internet updates. If family, a friend, neighbor, coworker or the employee at our local grocer starts to spoil the results, we politely ask them to be quiet. (Okay, that may not be the truth. It may not be that polite sometimes. I may have told one of my friends to “zip it.” I may have even sarcastically said “Thanks a lot, Mom” when she slipped about one of the swim wins while we were on the phone and then tried to cover by saying, “Oh, wait. It was just previous footage from another race.” Sure it was!)
So, after the dinner table has been cleared and dessert has been served, my family and I settle down on the couch. We pretend we are there in the moment with the competitors. We cheer and yell at the TV. We clap. We snack. We sit on the edge of our seats awaiting scores. I cry. Yes, I cry. Boy, do I cry! (I can’t help it. There is something about seeing our red, white and blue, beautiful flag next to a competitor’s name that overwhelms me. Don’t even get me started about watching their family in the crowd…stick a fork in me, I’m done!)
By the time we look up at the clock it is midnight. The hours have flown by. My family does not watch as many hours of television in a week as we do in one night of the Olympics. My daughters don’t go to bed this late unless they are having a sleepover. I don’t feel guilty about it though.
This is the time to teach my daughters that their dreams can come true if they work hard enough. It is also a reminder to me that is never too late to chase after my own dreams. And truly, the number one reason I don’t feel guilty…we are having a whole lot of fun watching them together! The summer Olympics only come every four years, we can always catch up on sleep.
What are your favorite sports to watch during the Olympics?