Today’s the day, the Olympics Opening Ceremony! I can’t wait to start my Ravellenics Project at 3:00 this afternoon, marking the official start time in London.
My husband read the news a couple of weeks ago and reported, “According to this site, Madison, Wisconsin is one of the places most excited about the Olympics.” Apparently, they can compile all of the clicks and article-reading and found that my hometown can’t wait to see people from all over the world swimming, running and spending time together. I definitely did my part; since I was 12 years old, the Olympics have fascinated me. At 12, I was pretty sure that I was going to be a diplomat helping solve the world’s problems as a grownup, and that we would all be speaking Esperanto. Maybe that didn’t quite pan out, but to me, the magic has never faded.
Seeing citizens of different cultures all together, all working with agreed rules and for a common purpose, gives me fresh hope every time. Seeing the athletes perform, pushing the limits of what we, as a group of humans, are capable of doing, inspires me so much.
To everyone in Madison, to everyone in Wisconsin, the United States, North America, and everyone watching around the globe, Happy Olympics!
And to all of you Ravelers playing along at home, may your fingers be swift and your projects exceed expectations.