19 February 2010

anthems...

we've caught the olympic bug. finally.

it took shaun white and those other delicious little dudes, but we are all in.




yesterday, our second new dishwasher {the first was sleek and pretty, but just entirely too lazy.} was firmly ensconced in its new home. we are thrilled. mostly because this was the final day i'd have to wait around for an installation. those five-hour chunks of wasted time are insane, yes?

then there's the whole explaining to mémé that no, this is not mommy's new friend. so stop telling the neighbors that he is. creepy.

but of the six different friends...i mean, repairman-installer guys...who came to our home, all but one were from somewhere else. ireland, pakistan, puerto rico, mexico, and the philippines.




the funny thing was they all walked through the door and stopped to stare at our walls of photos.

is that venice? yes.

you've been to petra? yes.

is that...? yes. yes. and yes.

and then they'd bring out their phones. show us snaps of their homes and faraway babes. it was always a sweet moment. i like people who love from where they came, don't you?

one of the men hadn't seen his daughter in three years. she was eight. my face scrunched up as i thought of not seeing one of my girlies three in three anythings. it would flatten me.




i think i embarrassed him. i'm nearly sure i did. especially because he shrugged and sort of tried to make me feel better.

it's the american dream, you know?

no. i don't. at least, i didn't. maybe i'd forgotten for a bit.

all of that to tell you this: gold medalists should be singing the heck out of their anthems. this one's my favorite version...





photos of the mast brothers chocolate via the selby. i love how their inspiration is "working with family and friends to make something from scratch that creates happiness." their own site is as delicious as shaun white and his boys.

22 comments:

barchbo said...

I agree! The American athletes need to be singing their anthem when they win! U-S-A! U-S-A!

Sorry. I got a little carried away.

Jill said...

American dream? Sigh...

I'm dreaming right now.

Brandi said...

oh, shaun white. i just wanna hang out with him. what him tossle that mane of red hair. i think he'd be fun to chill with.

last year, my parents had workers install a bathroom in the basement. one of them hadn't seen his family in years. it broke my heart, because you could tell how dearly he missed them and wanted them to be with him. there's so much we need to fix.

Sherry said...

love, love shaun! he's even made me appreciate the snow today. took your anonymous friend's advice and added more photos. i'm such a beginner.

Krissy said...

yeah, shaun is pretty much amazing... it makes me wonder though- how can one person have SO much talent?! crazy :) have a good weekend dear.

Laura said...

my kids have lost count of the times they've heard me say "if the star spangled banner is EVER played for you like that - you better be singing along! 'course, even if it's not 'just for you' - you better be singing anyway."
thankfully, so far, they seem to have inherited my knack for tearing up and getting that certain sort of feeling in my heart each time it is played.

Richie Designs said...

is it just me or does everyone cry when the national anthem plays?

it's probably just me

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Joslyn said...

oh yes shaun white...fantastic!

susan said so said...

We moved last Friday, and have been without television until about an hour ago. I spent MY day waiting for the satellite installers to 1) arrive and 2) complete the job. I'm not complaining, though - I got to walk with the dogs through our snowy woods, and then sit surrounded by their warm, sleepy doggie goodness and watch the icicles melt off the porch.

Oh say, can you see?...(yes, if you remember to look!)

xox,
Susan

pen.ny said...

perfect post.

jordan said...

hahaha! what a great post. so funny about "mommy's friends" and curly sue...loves it.

kay* said...

i was beginning to feel like i was one of the few bloggers actually watching the Olympics! I've been watching since Day 1....may have a lil' something to do with the fact that it's being hosted in Canada and I am Canadian...almost a duty to watch :)

i LOVE curly sue! hadn't seen the movie in ages then caught it on tv a few months ago and watched the entire thing. so cute.

Oh and I totally fell for Shaun White too---with all that red hair of his.....

mrs. darling said...

it's beautiful that once they saw your photos, then they felt safe enough to share their stories of the world with you, to share their families with you.

krista said...

i don't know what's wrong with me but i can't get into the olympics. i did, however, watch some curling today. that was enjoyable.

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Relyn said...

YES!! Not only sing their anthems, but put their hands over their hearts. OK, only the Americans need to do this. Did you see the American girls take gold and bronze in the moguls? OK, I know you didn't because that was early on in the Olympics. Anyway, I was all teary because Shannon Bahrke, the bronze medalist, was smiling SO BIG and singing her heart out. Just belting out her anthem. So proud. It was a beautiful thing.

And when Alexandre Bilodeau won the first Canadian home gold? The medal ceremony was electric. You could hear the entire crowd swelling the place with their voices, singing their anthem. I still get chocked up thinking about it.

Natalie said...

I don't like Shaun White. My son is entirely too interested in those little tricks he does and all I see is DANGER WILL ROBINSON! No, I don't like him at all.

(just kidding, of course.)

(sort of.)

(Yes, definitely kidding.)

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Estelle said...

Mommy's new friend? That is brilliant.

Mrs.French said...

i hear it over and over again...americans do not understand how amazing this country of ours truly is...i have to say sometimes it takes moments like yours or amazing olympic-shaun-white moments to make me want to belt out our beloved anthem...thanks for the reminder dear one. xo t