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Last night I was reminded that the opening ceremonies for the Olympics will be on tonight.  I don’t watch the Olympic games anymore but I do enjoy watching the opening and closing ceremonies and if there happens to be an event or an athlete that catches my eye on the news, I might tune in to that, too.

This got me to thinking about the Olympics in 1984.  That year, the Olympics were played in Los Angeles, California.  I lived in Glendale at the time, just a few miles away.  The Olympics were all over the place then.  Not only were the event venues spread out from one end of the county to the other, but everywhere one looked, there was Olympic related paraphernalia, stories, merchandise, etc.  As I remember it, it was a time when Los Angeles came together to get the show on the road!

For months, TV and newspapers had focused on the games.  The venues, the athletes, the hidden behind the scenes stories, and all manner of things related to the Olympics.  Regular programming was interrupted at the drop of a hat to cover anything Olympics related.  When the torch relay arrived in the United States, it was all Angelenos’ eyes focused on the event.  As it approached the west coast, the frenzy escalated.

That year, my oldest child was two years old.  He became excited about the Olympics too.  Or rather about Sam the Eagle, I guess.  He had a Sam the Eagle blanket and stuffed animal and a number of shirts as well.  One day, while playing out in the yard with visiting cousins, he grabbed a stick and held it up like a torch and ran all over the yard.  It was really cute and I can still see it in my head.  My whole world focused on my son in those days.  Ever the showman, he loved to perform when asked.  He was still learning to talk at the time and not everything was clear when he said it.  That year the TV was turned on to the Olympic games every day, as long as there were events being televised.  One of the stars of that year’s Olympics was Mary Lou Retton.  One day, as Tony was watching the TV, he got all excited, shouting and pointing at the TV.  I couldn’t figure out what he was saying.  He kept saying “me we woo wet tin” and smiling and pointing.  He said it over and over again.  I couldn’t figure it out.  A little later, he did it again.  I came to the TV to see what he was pointing at.  Mary Lou Retton.  Me we woo wet tin.  Every time she came on TV for an interview or news footage or a commercial, there he was pointing at the TV and calling out “me we woo wet tin”!  By the end of the Olympic games, Tony was imitating the athletes, including Mary Lou Retton as he climbed on the back of the couch and tried to walk across the length of it.  He continued running around the yard carrying his “torch” until eventually it was all forgotten.

I guess I’m thinking about this, not only because it is Olympics time again but because Anderson is the same age now as Tony was then.  He imitates everything on TV and he says a lot that we can’t understand.  He energy is boundless.  It reminds me of then.  It reminds me of those simpler times.

There are few times that I miss Los Angeles.  I guess this is one of them.  But don’t worry, I’ll be back to normal as soon as I finish typing that I miss Los Angeles!


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