The party started with the Law Enforcement Torch Run. As part of a fundraiser for the Special Olympics program, members of local police and sheriff’s departments ran with the torch. This year, the local television channel and newspaper both turned out with cameras to document the event. My 13-year-old got to carry the torch at the beginning of the run and receive it again at the end of the course. Oh, and her brothers also got to participate in both the run and the Bar-B-Que afterward.
The festivities continued at the Summer Games. Dozens of volunteers helped the athletes get to each event and then on to the awards podium. Anna competed in the softball throw, the standing long jump and the 50-meter dash. Earning one silver and two bronze medals awards by plumed and caped Knights of Columbus members to the tune of the Olympics anthem. And photographed extensively and congratulated loudly by her family and friends.
In a culture prizing perfection, it was so refreshing to celebrate our differences and honor those who daily overcome challenges. And to be supported as a family.
What about you? Is there a special someone in your life? What can you do to celebrate our differences?