Saturday, August 09, 2008


I just got home from the Prielozney's where a group of us got together to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics. I am still a little awe struck by the amount of glitter and glamour that went into the whole event. From the lights to the fireworks to the enormous number of people to the incredibly bright colors, the entire show was amazing.

While the production was gorgeous and beautifully done, there seemed to be tension in the air. Even at home, there were remarks being made all evening concerning the amount of uneasiness felt as the world turned it's eyes to China. As we watched our own President and First Lady, we wondered aloud about their safety. Think about it, this is the first time that so many of the world's leaders have been together in ages. With all the political unrest it is not really all that surprising that these thoughts were going through our heads. However, as I watched the country of China put on one of the most fantastic spectacles I have ever seen and as I heard the stories being told about earthquake victims and survivors and as China's history was told, my heart went out to these people. You could see the pride that the Chinese felt as they showed the world, in a rather lavish fashion, that they are a country of history, beauty, and resilience.

The following days will be interesting to watch as the events of the Olympics unfold and the World is united in a way that only happens every four years.

Let the games begin.

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