I grew up surrounded by a strong British influence…
All of my Elementary School education was in a British school
The church we worshiped in was an Anglican church and
All the holidays, events and traditions we observed as a family were clearly British.
We also followed everything the Royal Family did, as if we were personally acquainted with them in some way!
So when we sat down to watch the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony last night, it felt like I was taking a walk down memory lane…
The opening hymn sung (I remember singing this in church, as a child. )
The British National Anthem (We had to memorize it to sing at school)
Poppies (We passed around poppies in church, every Remembrance Sunday. And one Remembrance Sunday, we actually had HRH Prince Charles visit our church and attend service.)
Mary Poppins (My sister and I loved this movie. Oh and Sound of Music too!)
The Beatles (My mother is a huge fan, so we grew up listening to their music. Did I ever mention she actually met all 4 ? And boldly walked up to Yoko Ono’s hotel room and got John Lennon’s autograph when she was in her late teens?!)
and so much more!
Not being a fan of Harry Potter anything, I did think the scary creatures was out of place in the whole thing. And the Parade of Nations was long. (But what a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is for those athletes.)
Otherwise everything else was mind-blowing.
I love that Danny Boyle ensured everything that counted was included…
The Great Ormand Street Hospital
Veterans who’d face wars ago
Past British Olympians and
Construction workers who were instrumental in putting together the Olympic Park. (This was so moving.To see the workers form the guard of honor for the Olympic Torch)
Yes, there was so much I loved in the Opening Ceremony.
One of my absolute favorite segments was Chariots of Fire…
But nothing…nothing took the cake like the Queen’s Entrance!
What an amazing, amazing event!
To sum it all , I guess I’d have to say my Facebook Status last night hits the ceremonious nail on the head…
And now the Games begin!