The Winter Olympics ended yesterday, a party that lasted 17 days and sparked some magical awakening of Canadian spirit in this country! I will write more in a minute as, frankly, it's a bit emotional for me to write about it. I'll warm up with an update on my SAL with Jane.
I just love all the colours that have been added since last time. It makes it very spring like, doesn't it? I'm feeling recovered from whatever I had last week though the hay fever bit is still hanging around. I'm so enjoying stitching this, and doing it as a SAL with Jane has been lots of fun! I'm already thinking I want to stitch another of Brenda's design, Mary's Best Handwork. I love all the reds in it!
But what I really want to stitch next is the new Blackbird Designs' Honeysuckle Manor, whenever it arrives!
Now, I want to write about the Olympics because my heart is so full if I don't tell you this story I'll just burst. The last event of the Olympics was the Gold Medal Hockey game - Canada vs USA. If anyone didn't realize how much hockey is part of our national psyche, we found that out yesterday! Me? I don't normally watch any sports games but this was BIG, this had a whole nation anxiously cheering on our team.
The game was a nail biter. The USA team was amazing in scoring the goal that tied up the game with less than 30 seconds to Canada's win, and drove the game to overtime. Here's where you can have a good laugh picturing me.
In the last minutes of the game, before USA scored the tieing goal, I was pacing back and forth between the TV room and the kitchen, practically running on the spot because I was so nervous. My DH was laughing at me and said 'hey this is good exercise for you! You should do this more often.' Ha-ha. When the tieing goal was scored, you could feel the whole crowd collapse in disbelief. I'd wanted to cry and I noticed my heart was racing. I was shaking! Can you believe it? My logical side said 'It's only a game'. My emotional side said 'It's about Canada!'
I couldn't watch the next period. I had to go to the next room and pick up my needle to calm down my heart rate. After awhile I heard kind of a roar. I walked into the TV room and saw the Canadian team piling on top of each other in celebration, and the crowd absolutely roaring! I tell ya, it could've gone the other way and the US could've won. Then I would've feared riots, national depression, and me eating my way through tons of chocolates!
I never would've thought myself being that emotionally attached to the outcome of a game! But this Olympics has been a magical one and woke in many of us a pride in being a Canadian. Normally, we are all so laid back and quiet but this, this was really like getting together as a family and watching your kids compete and do their bests. Teary moments were aplenty.
Maybe you had to be here to just feel the vibe. It was the strangest thing but most heart-warming.
With this final Gold medal, Canada achieved 14 Golds which is the most that any nation has ever achieved in the Olympic games! That was amazing considering when Canada went into these games the worry was if we would win ANY Gold medals at all on home turf! (You see, this never happened when the games were in Montreal and Calgary.) So much for small expectations and grand surprises!
My bit of Olympic blathering isn't meant to be self congratulatory (ok, maybe a little but that goes to the athletes!) but just to record this moment when one day I look back on my blog and can then recall this special moment. I want to send a big thank you out to everyone who have made these games an amazing time!
Lastly, I just want to thank you for stopping by. I know the East has been hit hard with more snow. I send you some sunshine with these flowers and hope spring will come soon in your part of the world. Take care and I'm sending each of you a hug just because I'm still tuned into this happy vibe right now! ;-)