Saturday, August 1, 2009

ice cream cake and bocce ball

Yesterday was Angel #1's 17th birthday. Being particularly lazy, I didn't make the usual carrot cake and decided to splurge on a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake instead. Those buggers are expensive! I bought just a small one, and since there were only 4 of us home, #1 cut the cake in quarters and we all just pigged out. He didn't want to do anything special for the day with either us or his friends and seemed happy with just the cake. I'm happy I've got easy to please kids.

Today I spent the morning at the park helping with the finals for the Special Olympics. There was bocce ball and soccer going on - what a blast! I'm not a big sports fan, but the special olympics are so different. There were 3 soccer teams and I think the 3rd place team cheered louder than the other two when they got their ribbons. When one of the players screwed up and made a goal for the other team, no one got on his case or made him feel bad. My favorite was when one of the players standing along the middle line was having problems tying his shoe - one of the defenders over by the goalie ran over and helped him get it tied before running back to her position. The sportsmanship and support is unbelievable. If you ever get a chance to help at a Special Olympics event, I highly recommend you do so. You'll have a wonderful time.

1 comment:

Jack said...

I agree wholeheartedly that the Special Olympics are worth it. A great and gratifying place to spend your time. And for a little extra inspiration, I invite you to check out this short video -- -- about one woman's "aha moment" that reinforced what the Special Olympics is all about. Hope you enjoy.