In my last post, I quoted a line from Love Actually. Today, I credit the movie Cool Runnings for my post's title. In the movie, Doug E. Doug's character Sanka says "I am feeling very Olympic today. How about you?" His optimism and enthusiasm are so genuine making it one of the most memorable moments of the movie.
The 2010 Olympics are in Vancouver, Canada. Canadians like me are feeling patriotic, energized and excited! Check out my mischeviously endearing nephew Kahzmir in his Olympic gear.
The Olympics bring out a passion for sport, a respect for all people and a yearning to connect with friends and strangers all over the world. It's a unifying time across the globe.
For as long as I can remember, my cousin Aashif has been a huge fan of sports and the Olympics. Over the holidays, I spent some time with him along with my cousins Farah, Alida and Zahida. It was a visit filled with celebrating and supporting each other. Aashif was making some positive changes to his lifestyle after a set back to his health. A newly married Farah told us about her first months of wedded bliss and her inner debate about changing her last name. Alida told us about the bullet proof vest and helmet that greeted her on her first day at her new and rewarding job in Kabul, Afghanistan. Zahida made a valliant effort to stay awake for the conversation, tired from endless hours of studying for exams in her first year of Med School in Dublin, Ireland.
The conversation then turned to this:
Every year my cousin Aashif and his wife Yasmin create these amazing gingerbread houses with two of their nephews. This year, they decided to honour the Olympics and created a snowboarding hill! (I'd like to point out that I am typing this post and watching Maelle Ricker snowboard to GOLD for Canada! Woohoo! Darn Olympics just ruined my make up!)
VANOC folk, please note that the model is not to scale.
Here's a closer look at the hill built from Rice Krispies and covered in fondant. There is candy floss at the bottom of the hill to give the illusion of freshly fallen snow.
Aashif printed and cut out each and every one of these flags.
Who knew he was so crafty?
These snowboarder ornaments complete this work of art.
As I watch the Olympics this year, I am reminded and so appreciative of a perfect afternoon I spent with family. I'm also thankful for just how small the world can be and grateful that I have the tools and technology to keep in touch with family and friends all over the world while feeling connected to a community that is bigger than that of where I live, work, play and dream.
GO CANADA GO!