Went for a drive yesterday to my old home town of Victoria-by-the-Sea. This place just keeps calling me back every year with it's beauty and hospitality. This pretty much self sustained village has a population of about 140 people and that's including summer residents, but on a fine summer weekend you will find the streets lined with cars as people walk from one little street to the other. I was pleasantly surprised when I drove up to our old house to see this banner proudly displayed on it! It was the title of my last post! My hope and prayer is that one day we will own this little house once again. Perhaps this was a sign of what's to come. I can only hope and pray.
While the topic of the games is on my mind I have to be completely honest and I'm sure many of you feel the same, I have moments watching the olympics that I didn't expect to have. While watching the opening ceremonies there were times I sat there with tears streaming down my face trying to understand the obvious, why 43 billion was spent when there are so many that are doing without? I do understand that this has created many jobs for the locals and that much will be spent at local venues, shops, restaurants ect. but 43 billion? What about the ice storm this past winter not to mention the earthquake in May? Don't get me wrong, I'm swelling with pride for the country where the precious gift of our daughter will come from I just wish some of that money was used in a more humanitarian way and pray that some if any profit made will be. Without sounding too political I think the Chinese government would have gained massive amount of respect from media coverage if even a portion of the funds went to relief efforts. Please understand this is just my own humble opinion. It won't stop me from watching and learning all I can about the nation where my daughter will come from.
Kudos to Yao Ming who carried the Chinese flag in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics and who responded to the earthquake in Sichuan province by donating 2 million dollars to the relief, but the real hero stood much closer to the ground at his right side carrying not one but two flags! This little boy braved the elements as he went back into his school and saved two of his classmates when the earthquake hit. My hats off to you little man. This was my proudest moment.