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Monday, March 1, 2010

UNITED

I have many things to be proud of, my family, their accomplishments, our community and what it stands for...but, I have never felt the love for my country as I do now. And, I am not alone. We as a people have stood up and said, yeah, this is a great country and we are proud of it and us!

Vancouver games began as any other Olympic games for me. Kind of uninterested, but because it was hosted by Canada I figured I would catch a little here and there. To me, more of an interruption to my normal tv watching and an interruption to my daily life. Also, anger for the costs of these games and how we as the tax-payers of this country would be on the hook for years and years to come.

As I watched the opening ceremonies I sat with tears in my eyes, often times running down my face. I was heart-broken over the death of the luge participant earlier that day and I felt the games were off to a terrible start. But, then as he was honoured and acknowledged at the opening ceremonies I began to see that this was the Olympic spirit. I loved all the Canadian sentiment during the opening ceremonies and full of pride at what to some would seem as rather quirky.

The next day I ran out and bought up all kinds of red mittens (even though the kids each had a pair already) we got t-shirts, caps and mascot key-chains. What changed in me? Just like the Olympic flame was lit, a flame was lit in my soul for the love of this country and what we represented. Over the course of 17 days we tuned in daily to watch our Canadian athletes compete and always win in our hearts. No matter where they placed, each and every one of those athletes did their very best. We are so thankful and proud of them for representing our country with such grace and dignity.

I loved the closing ceremonies and thought poking a little fun at every Canadian stereo-type was a great way to close the games. In the end, I hope that each and every country that came to Vancouver is feeling the same pride in their athletes and country as we as Canadians are today.

Canadians, we are indeed a country united, coast to coast to coast, fly our flag with pride. It is a new era here in Canada!

11 comments:

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

wonderfully written and done. What an amazing feeling of pride for your country.

Kristina P. said...

I was so happy and proud for you guys, eh! :)

Jillene said...

I love the Olympics and I think Canada did a great job!!

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

it's amazing how the Olympics can bring out the pride in so many! And the Canadians did a great job in this Olympics... you should be proud!

homeschoolceo said...

What a beautiful post. We loved watching the Olympics this year. I've never been to Canada, but it looks absolutely beautiful!

Colleen said...

I am also so proud of Canada and thrilled! I got some strange looks here in Rhode Island expressing my distress when the US beat Canada in hockey that first game.

Sadly, we don't have TV at home right now, so I didn't really get to watch any of the games, but I did follow them on NPR and snipets here and there on the TV at work. I'm really thinking a move back to Canada might be in my (somewhat distant) future.

blueviolet said...

You should be proud! I'm happy for you all!

Kristie said...

I thought of you during the hockey game yesterday and was thinking of how proud of your country's team you must have been. It's so neat to read your post and hear how you felt throughout the games. :-)

CanadianMama said...

Yes, it's a great time to be a Canadian and it's especially true in the last two weeks :) Go CANADA!!

Sweet Tea said...

It was a grand time for your country to "show it's stuff". Everything seemed to go smoothly and it seemed all the participants enjoyed the accomodations. What a great time for countries to come together and forget their differences as they celebrate accomplishment and sportsmanship.
The US loves our Canadian neighbors!!

Randi Troxell said...

wonderful post.. and i too loved watching the olympics in canada.. i tell hubby ALL THE TIME one day.. we are sooo gonna show up at your doorstep... lol!!!