Opening Day!

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.



3 thoughts on “Opening Day!

  1. Perhaps hidden by all the razzmatazz over the Olympics, it may not have been widely noticed that last Thursday (26 July) was the 125th anniversary of the publication of Esperanto. That’s quite an achievement for what started as the idea of just one man. It has survived wars and strikes and economic crises, and continues to attract young learners, all without state subsidies.

    I’ve used it in speech and writing in about fifteen countries over recent years, and I recommend it to any traveller as a way of making friendly local contacts. Like the Olymopics, Esperanto has still not lost its magic for me.

  2. Jaala:
    I PM you on Ravelry with hopes I would get some help… Can you help me, pretty please!

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