Did you hear the Canadians sing their national anthem? At every medal presentation, the Canadians really sang out. I couldn’t hear anyone singing when the Americans received medals. Are we not teaching our children and grandchildren our national anthem? When I have had occasion to sing it, it is usually more of a solo. Sometimes people join in if I am singing it loud enough to cover their voices…and I usually am.
I noticed fewer emotions when their country’s flags were raised. That has always been such a passionate moment for the medal winner representing any country. But that’s o.k., I had happy tears for each one I watched, no matter from where they hailed. I contributed sad tears and prayers for the one who was killed, for the one who was gravely injured training for the Olympics and thankfully recovering, and for the one who lost her mother just before her competition.
Surprisingly, I have enjoyed all the various venues, including the snowboarding. However, I realize that I need to bone up on their terminology. When they did a “Corkscrew,” I thought they were going to jump out of a bottle. Instead, it is “a sideways rotation.” My grandson eats “Pop Tarts” for breakfast, but in this case, it is “an aerial move where the rider goes up backwards and lands going forward.” In my book, a “wet cat” is not “a 900-degree McTwist,” it is a very angry, smelly feline. Oh well, it takes time to learn a new language.
God bless until next time.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”