Around 6:30 Central Standard Time tonight, millions will sit tuned in to NBC for the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics that are being held in controversial Beijing, China. I will be one of those millions watching the Olympic flame being escorted to its temporary home for the duration of these summer games.
And I’ll have goose bumps because of the unity I sense for our nation. For the good ole US of A.
From August 8-24, 2008, those who consider America their home will unite. We’ll find ourselves cheering on swimmers like Natalie Coughlin and our beloved and highly decorated, Michael Phelps. Gymnasts such as Jonathan Horton and Bridget Sloan are sure to stun crowds. Let’s not forget our track star, Tyson Gay, who is certain to run his hiney off.
Did I say that out loud?
Over the course of the next 17 days, sport-loving Americans will root the red, white and blue on to victory. We’ll watch behind the scene stories that Matt Lauer is sure to cover on the Today show. We’ll get emotional and even shed a tear as we watch and learn about people who have beaten the odds to be where they are today. We’ll see families who go into debt to make the journey and they won’t even think twice about it. We’ll see proud fathers in the stands wearing T-shirts with their daughter’s faces on them. Their chests will be puffed out just a wee bit more as she nails her landing or finishes her race.
It won’t matter that some of us are black and some are Hispanic. The fact that we follow Christ or Allah won’t even come into play. Whether you are voting for McCain or Obama…that won’t deter you from cheering with your neighbor. In fact, McCain and Obama will be cheering for the same team.
And they’ll mean it.
Maybe it’s because I’m simple-minded and easily pleased, but I find the Olympic games quite fascinating.