Originally I hadn't planned to comment on the Olympic games, I even told my good friend Angela so...but like everything else I've said I wouldn't write about--I've changed my mind. Today as I was reading the newspaper, I for some reason felt inclined to read the comics, which I rarely do. There in the comics was a fine Blondie strip. Watching the olympic games on television, Dagwood commented: "It's good to see everybody get together and play nice for a change." What an understatement!
It was refreshing to see all countries file in at the opening ceremonies, happily and without malice. France, Russia, and the United States in one place, without the politics of war seperating them. It is great to see Afghani and Iraqi women participating in the games. But, what I've found to be the greatest sight was North and South Korea together, marching in as one, competing together. What a miracle that is. What a beautiful sight. What a long and uphill road it has been since the Korean War and the Cold War.
Tonight I caught the men's gymnastics all-around competition. Paul Hamm made me cry! The thought that after three successful events, the error on the vault could take him out of the running, and with determination and two more events he could come back and take the gold--- it was amazing, uplifting, and will surely be one of the greatest memories of the Olympics for me.
As wonderful as this all is...what will happen following the closing ceremonies of the 28th Olympiad? Must we return to the bickering and seperation we've acheived in the last few years? For the moments we spend watching the events, it is so nice to not be seeing images of Iraq and floods of campaign stops by Bush and Kerry. I haven't worried about November's election all day! (Or the fact that we've practically left the U.N. as well as our allies.)
What a wonderful job Athens has done, not just in hosting, but in the successful attempt to unite the world. If only for a brief moment in time. If only it could last forever...