Tuesday, February 18, 2014

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon

We have been watching the winter olympics as we are in the same time zone as Moscow, we get everything live starting around nine o’clock in the morning.  There are some sports we with which we are unfamiliar and wonder why anyone in the world would actually want to do something like that.  Some, like curling, even my nephew has done.  The one that Karen, John, and I fell in love with was a crazy, adrenaline rush thing where you throw yourself headfirst down an icy chute where you will reach speeds up to ninety miles an hour.  It’s called the “skeleton” because if you crash that’s all that will be left.  We just can’t tear ourselves away from it.  Shaban started watching it with us and he loved it, too.  What can I say?  I tend to like all olympic events that don’t require judging—I like it when it is just the athlete against the clock and no one gets points for how well they “twizzle”—it’s a real term used in ice dancing.  The most incredible thing about these games though is the impact they have had on a little girl that we love here.  Charlini has fallen in love with figure skating.  Charlini is the orphan we have been helping to raise since her fifteen-year-old mother died just five days after she was born.  She watches tv with us a lot, and we always wonder what she thinks about what she sees, but she just loves to watch figure skating.  She just sits entranced, and sometimes squeals with glee and claps her hands.  She says she wants her school to teach her how to do that.  We don’t know how to tell her that there is probably no way she will ever even get near an ice rink.  How do you tell a little girl that her dreams are impossible?  We just can’t.  Who knows?  We just watched a Jamaican bobsleigh team finish 29th.  Jamaica?  If they can get a bobsleigh team in the winter olympics maybe a little Tanzanian girl will one day learn to figure skate.  That’s the thing about dreams, sometimes they come true in spite of every obstacle in the world.  A lot of fiction is written about just that, and, if you read the back stories about many of the olympic athletes, you will find that their impossible dreams came true.
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