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Olympic Games, Symbol Of Peace

Olympic Games, Symbol Of Peace

This phrase, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” is the Olympic Motto.

Meaning: Faster, Higher, Stronger.

Around the world eyes are glued to television sets. Everyone cheering on their specific country and athletes who represent their homeland. I am no different; I watch the Olympic Games every 4 years in awe. The games represent many things to people all around the world. For me, the games represent the ability to live together and co-exist in peace; even if for a brief 2 week period.

Growing up the Olympic Games- especially the summer games- were a time I anticipated very much. My parents would gather the entire family around our BIG consul TV (no remote control) to watch and cheer on our United States Olympic Team. My mom preparing separate bowls of popcorn or ice-cold mugs of root beer ice cream floats for all of us. My mom would strategically place all of us kids on the floor in front of the TV(no sibling touching another) to avoid the ever so annoying game “he/she is touching me.” So excited to watch our United States Olympic Team walk out around the olympic stadium waving the flag.

I was a swimmer in high school and college, and a member of the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union). I used to have the fantasy goal of perhaps trying to become an Olympic Athlete in swimming. Until I realized just how much dedication it takes to compete at such a high level. Not that I was a lazy athlete about the sport I loved. I think I realized fairly young my personality is not one of extreme competitiveness. I actually prefer “team” sports and settings. In fact, prefer working as a cohesive team in my career today. I still swim almost everyday. I still get the same thrill; feeling the cold clear water on my body. My dad calls me the “mermaid.” I tend to believe unless you were an avid swimmer, that same feeling of exuberance is not shared by all.

Watching the 2012 London Games I still tear up when I see one of our athletes on the podium and the United States National Anthem starts to play. These days I am no longer sitting on my floor with my legs crossed with a bowl of popcorn or cold root beer float. yelling to my mom “he/she touched me.” Have replaced it with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio, a spoiled dog and a cat with a TUDE.

These 2012 games give me hope that perhaps we can solve our differences in the world in a peaceful way. Perhaps we should leave it up to all the athletes to solve the global issues instead of the politicians. It seems that perhaps they could just do it too!

So far, the 2012 Olympic Games have had a profound meaning to my family. It is an honor to be related (via my Grandfather Kennedy) to Gold Medal Olympian in skeet shooting, Kim Rhode. We congratulate her and are so very proud of her huge accomplishment.

Stand Or Not To Stand …That Is The Question?

Stand Or Not To Stand … That is The Question-By Kellie Kennedy- One baby Boomers View On Life.

The 4th of July is tomorrow, with this day comes childhood memories. Being a “Baby Boomer” born in 1962, I was lucky enough to experience 4th of July in Southern California. In those days, life was so much more simple as a kid when the 4th of July rolled around.

Back in the day, California had Red Devil Fireworks stands on almost every corner. As a kid, I could hardly sleep the night before the 4th of July; anticipating our family trip to the local fireworks stand. In our neighborhood all the fathers, accompanied by their hyper kids rushed to the Red Devil Fireworks stand.  The entire neighborhood joined forces combining their box of fireworks to create a huge fireworks block party.

The “Family Combo Pack” contained Black Snakes, Giant Silver Screemer, Smoke Cartridges, Sparklers, Meteoric Fountain and the infamous Giant Brilliant Cone. The Giant Brilliant Cone looked like a bad birthday party hat. All the kids in my neighborhood thought we had the most fantastic LIVE fireworks show of all times … and we did! The vision of each father slowly walking up with a pack of matches ( H’m matchbooks remember those?) to lite their “Family Combo Pack” still brings a smile to my face. All fireworks in the box were legal in those days. Without fail at least one father was able to get his hands the “HOLY GRAIL” of illegal fireworks … the CHERRY BOMB/M-80! Oh we were all so excited waiting for the end of the show, anticipating the illegal fireworks! BOOM! Every kid was running around screaming/yelling, like a child who has forgotten to take their Ritalin medication. Or perhaps indulged themselves on too many sugar sodas with 10 Pixy Stix! ( Ok, so I am dating myself with the reference to old-time candy-Pixy Stix).

When I was growing up we were entertained by old fashion block party firework shows. In addition, we had the most fantastic toys to keep our attention for hours: YO-YO’s, Slinky’s, and cans oPlay Doh. I guess times have changed or perhaps we were not very bright kids and easily amused! I hope it’s not the latter! The old fashion fireworks stands, are all but illegal these days in California. You may just find a lone fireworks stand hidden off the beaten path; in the states and counties where fireworks stands are still permitted. I guess the question I am now pondering as an adult … fireworks stands good or bad? For me, the Red Devil Fireworks stand will always represent fond childhood memories and simple times. I am not sure this generation of young kids walk away with the same thrill in the pit of their stomachs; while sitting in the local high school football stadium watching an oversized community fireworks show. H’m … that’s just this “Baby Boomers” opinion! Stand Or Not To Stand … That Is The Question? Happy 4th of July!

Kellie Kennedy … One Baby Boomers View On Life.

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