I bet you didn’t realize it when you woke up, but today is a HUGELY SIGNIFICANT DAY.
Today is the day that kickstarts that most magical of all summer ceremonies... THE OLYMPICS.
GUYS. I don't think you understand how much I love the Olympics, although hopefully all my capital letters are starting to give you an idea.
Yes, yes, I understand all might not be bright and sunny in Rio, and that in fact there is a dark history of the Olympics, but guess what?? There are a lot of great things about the Olympics too.
Bob Costas is the MAN. Mary and I have been saying for years, (AKA before our current bummer presidential candidate situation) that if Bob Costas ever ran for president, we would vote for him, probably twice. There is no one I trust more implicitly. I have literally zero idea what his politics are, but it doesn't matter. With Bob Costas, you feel like everything is going to be OK, and probably narrated alongside a sweet inspirational video of an athlete overcoming all odds. Can you imagine his State of the Union addresses? Swoon. Maybe also I am in love with him.
The Speckhard Olympics. Amongst the great and humiliating Canon of Speckhard Family Videos is a particularly great one, affectionately/embarrassingly referred to as The Speckhard Olympics. This was during the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and we were WAY into the Olympics. (Not much has changed.) My siblings and I practiced routines on various pieces of playground equipment, then made our dad watch/video tape/judge all the categories, and then followed every single category with a medal ceremony. (We were also very into Star Wars.) This video is classic for a number of reasons, including our "floor routines," the fact that we made up words to the tune of "The Star Spangled Banner" for every country's national anthem in the medal ceremonies, and the snarky commentary provided by my Dad, which goes right over all of our innocent heads. 5/5 Stars.
Every day is a real-life inspirational Disney sports movie. The tears! The heartbreak! The comebacks! All narrated through the reassuring voice of Bob Costas! Does it get any better? I submit that it does not.
All the cool kids watch it, and can talk about the events the next day. If you missed the Michael Phelps races in 2008, you felt like a loser, because you were. If you watch and discuss with coworkers/friends, it’s so uniting and beautiful, and discussing national televised events the next day is what America is all about.
I could go on and on and on (really, though) but I think you get the idea: Cool kids watch the Olympics, everyone else is the worst. Watch them and text me about the events, and we will be friends forever.