Beijing 2008

8 Aug

8 8 08

Today is the day. The day that the world switches on their tv’s and watches a spectacular event opening. The day many athletes have trained many many months for. The day the t-shirts, hats and flags have been printed for. The day many people in Beijing see as the day they will be able to make a little money. The day exited parents see their offspring represent their countries in their chosen sport, watching with elation I am sure tears will run down their cheeks. Tears of pride. Tears of relief that this special time has come.

A few more tears will be spilled. The tears of those people that cannot speak their mind in this self same country that is about to show the world how fantastic they are. The tears of children that are put into factories to add the ends to shoelaces when they shouldn’t even know how to tie their own. The tears of people that have to abort a baby simply because the law said they couldn’t have the baby not out of choice. The tears of little girls whose legs are stretched each day so far past their ears they are in agony, all in the name of excelling in sports. The tears of pain and suffering.

Why do we stand by and watch as a world? In fact this afternoon we will watch the 3 hour spectacular show in awe and we will forget the tears. We will say : did you see the fireworks – WOW – did you see our team ? And so we should, cos the athletes are the ones that will make their dreams come true and they shpuld be applauded.

But WHY OH WHY did the world give an event like this to a country that simply should never, ever be applauded? Never …….

Let the games begin

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3 Responses to “Beijing 2008”

  1. Katrina 9 August, 2008 at 6:53 am #

    So well said Sam! I’m holding a personal boycott…against the country not the athletes

  2. Michelle Van Deventer 11 August, 2008 at 7:44 am #

    Like always – you’re able to express in words exactly the way so many of us feel Sam!

    And – yes – they did a DAMN good job of that opening ceremony! I only wathced the highlights and it’s a tough act to follow in terms of entertainment value. What goes on behind the scenes are a totally different story though!

    I had my own personal moments of “tears of pride” on Friday – Marco did soo well on the athletics meeting that they had! I will blog about it and post photos tonight. Amazing how your kids can bring out the most extreme emotions inside of you! 🙂

  3. mugsbigsis 11 August, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    Yep, it’s all true. I don’t miss a minute though because I’m so excited for the athletes. I don’t like when politics get in the way of one person’s hard work and achievement. If only we could all feel the same way about humanity.

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