Monday, August 11th 2008
An Olympic Counting Game

How I loooooove the Olympics.  Life stops around our house every two years, and we just watch in awe.  Or, I do. Mike goes stir crazy, and the kids ask lots of questions which I try to answer during commercial breaks.

And when a child ceases to be amazed, I usually oh so patiently shh them and say, “This is the OLYMPICS. This [pointing to the tv for emphasis] only happens once every FOUR years. And YOU are only four!” [Or eight. Or two. Depending on the kid I"m talking to.]

Caught up in Olympic spirit, I forget that this is not an inspiring thing to say. Not once has one of them said, “Oh! NOW I get it. I should totally stop screaming and pretending that my arm is a light saber and sit and quietly watch women’s water polo. Thanks for the suggestion, Mom!”

But it’s the Olympics, and after all, anything is possible with the right Olympic spirit. So they’ll probably hear that lame line a few more times, because I am way too distracted with counting all those tattoos of the Olympic rings on the athletes’ biceps to possibly come up with a creative, effective way of getting them to watch.

Oh! That’s it! I’ll just have them count those with me!

~hm

4 Comments on “An Olympic Counting Game”

1
bonnie
August 11th, 2008
8:02 pm

I totally agree with you! I LOVE the Olympics! I have found myself totally ignoring any housework that awaits me and just SIT totally glued to the TV!
Well–it IS only 2 weeks every 4 years (not counting the Winter ones every other 4 years!)

2
Alison
August 11th, 2008
8:41 pm

I can really relate. My four year old daughter was born August 1, 04, and I remember waking up for those middle of the night feedings and being able to count on watching something from the Olympics. I literally started crying during the opening ceremony when I tried to explain to my daughter the significance. However, she wasn’t quite as moved. Oh well, I still have my benchmark…

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stacey
August 12th, 2008
4:11 pm

I understand completely! My kids just keep saying “that’s cool, why are they doing all those sports though?” Someday they will get it and sit and watch with me!!

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Miss Sniz
August 12th, 2008
8:33 pm

I was with you until you mentioned the athlete’s biceps. Then I got a little distracted and have had trouble concentrating ever since. :-)

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