Special Olympics – Even Specialer Than Last Year

Today was the 2014 Special Olympic event for my son. Last year was his first experience. I could only hope that this year’s would be just as good.

Unlike last year, it was a dismal day. Raining (hard) and in the 50’s.

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For a moment, the rain stopped.

This didn’t curb anyone’s enthusiasm though.

The Marion High School band put on a great show, with a nod to the Beatles and James Bond.

The band plays 'Live and Let Die.'
The band plays ‘Live and Let Die.’

Then came my son’s school.

Woo-hoo Williamson! (My son is in here somewhere!)
Woo-hoo Williamson! (My son is in here somewhere!)

The torch came next, complete with police escort.

The torch's entourage.
The torch’s entourage.
All smiles!
All smiles!

And with the lighting of the cauldron, the games could begin!

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Let the games begin!

The games commenced with the over-arching theme of the Special Olympics:

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

...be brave in the attempt.
…be brave in the attempt.

Truly words to live by.

This photo says it all about the success of the day.

My Champion
My Champion

We ended the day with a little fun in the Olympic Village.

DSC_9315 DSC_9317 DSC_9320 - CopyAnd now we’re home, and warm, and dry.

And waiting in eager anticipation for next year!

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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