Saturday, February 13, 2010
Light the Torch Already!!!
Our family, Olympic geeks that we are, settled in last night to watch the opening ceremonies together. All of us were profoundly impressed by the production with the exception of our seven-year-old, Brandon (AKA the Amazing Kick-Ass Beezo).
B, perhaps the world’s most sports-crazy second grader, could not understand the cultural celebration of the Canadian people and was immensely impatient with the whole shebang. To him, the Olympics are all about the competition and he demanded to know why he was seeing dancers and props instead of skis and skates. It all went even further downhill when we told him there wouldn’t be any athletic events during the opening ceremonies.
The family room conversation went something like this:
B: Who’s that guy?
Us: He’s a character out of Canadian folklore.
B: His hair is stupid.
B: What are those big leaves for?
Us: They’re the symbol of Canada. Aren’t they cool?
B: Why is that guy dancing like that? He’s not very good.
Us: He’s tap dancing. It’s different than the dancing you’re used to.
B: It’s stupid.
B: Where are the US athletes?
Us: They’re in the stands watching this.
B: I bet they think it’s stupid too.
B: How is that guy flying?!
Us: He’s on wires. Can’t you see them around his waist?
B: No, I think he’s really flying!
Us: No B, he’s hanging from the ceiling.
B: Oh. That’s stupid.
B: Where are the sports?! When is this going to be over?!
Joe: OH MY GOD SHUT UP OR GO TO BED!!!
That’s our family bonding for the evening. I stayed out of most of the ruckus because I was completely distracted by the cute US athletes' hats:
Ralph Lauren. $75 and sold out. ALREADY. Recession my ass.