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Me: Mom, Papi said when he was away I was allowed to sleep on his side of the bed.
Mum: Good try Ana. Back to bed please.
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Me: Mom, what’s for dinner?
Mum: I’m not sure. I’m just working that out now.
Me: Rafa wants mac and cheese.
Mum: Is that right? And what do you want?
Me: I’m happy to have what Rafa wants.
Mum: Good try. We’re having chicken and veggies.
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Mum: Kids! Can you please just give me two seconds to finish this then I’ll read you a story
Me: Hey! I’ve got an idea. Why don’t you give us the iPad then we’ll be out of your way?
Mum: Good try, Ana.
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Mum: Ana Lucia! How many times do I have to ask you?
Me: I think 20 times.
Mum: Come here my little teddy bear.
Rafa: I’m not a teddy bear, I’m spider man!
Mum: Come here my little spider man.
Rafa: No! I’m BIG spider man.
Me: Is the tooth fairy a real fairy?
Mum: I think so.
Me: I think I’d like to be a tooth fairy.
Mum: Why is that?
Me: Because I think I’d like to wander about at night.
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Mum: Pretty as a…
Mum: Small as a…
Mum: Kind like a….
Mum: Sharp as a…
Mum: loud as a…
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(Papi comes out in his Hawaiian shirt)
Me: Papi, are you in your swimming gear?
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Me: We learnt about snakes at school today
Mum: What can you tell me about snakes?
Me: Mom, I don’t know anything about snakes. I only know about fairies and princess things.
Me: I’m a fairy and look, I have a wand so what magic do you want me to do?
Mum: Could you wave your magic wand over the playroom and clean it up please?
Me: I don’t know a spell for that.
[Ana 1, Mum 0]
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Me: Mom can I breathe fire in the house?
Mum: I don’t think that’s a very good idea.
Me: Why not?
Mum: Because the house might burn down.
Me: It’s not REAL fire Mom! Look, haaaaaaa (breathing out)
Mum: Well I guess that’s okay then.
[Ana 2, Mum 0]
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[Mum just finishing all the cleaning up]
Me: Mom, can you read this book now please?
Mum: Can I just relax for a minute first?
Me: But reading IS relaxing!
[Ana 3, Mum 0]
We’ve been watching. The wins, the disappointments and the incredible stories of the 10,000 world class athletes competing in the ultimate multi-nation sporting event, that is, the Olympics.
Of course I’m proud of my team. Team USA won 104 medals, 46 of which were gold. Ahead of the number two nation China by 16 medals. Ahead by three more medals than New Zealand’s entire tally of 13. Mum’s quick to point out that 13 medals from a country of 4.4 million is, well, awesome. New Zealand won a medal for every 341 thousand Kiwis, and they are, quite rightly, proud.
Ana’s first Olympics was filled with kick ass inspiration for the girls. Not just the awesomeness of the US women’s gymnastics and soccer teams, 17 year old US swimmer Missy Franklin or kiwi shot putter Valerie Adams to name just a few. But this year, the women representing USA outnumbered the men. This year Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and Sarah Attar were the first two Saudi women ever to represent their country at the games. This year was the first Olympics ever where every single competing nation had at least one female athlete.
It’s almost incomprehensible to Ana and I born in Australia and the US respectively to imagine growing up in a country where women and girls are banned from participating in sport. Tahmina Kohistani, Afganistan’s only female athlete understands. Her fight to compete for her country wasn’t just about hard work out on the track. (For a start, she didn’t have the kind of track facilities we have to train on) and she certainly didn’t have much support in her country, from men or women alike. Worse still, she had haters. Haters for being a female running track!
It’s easy for us, caught in celebration, to forget how lucky we are. Talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not.
We can’t talk about inspiration at these games without giving a salute to the fastest man on no legs, Oscar Pistorius. The first double amputee to participate in the Olympics. His moto “You are not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have”. Something I’m sure two time gold medalist South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun understands. He’s legally blind.
We were touched by sprinter Lopez Lomong’s story, of kidnap to be a Sudanese child soldier, escaping to Kenya for his life. Or Yamile Aldama, Team GB triple jumper who shortly after leaving her native Cuba to live with her husband in London found herself alone in a foreign country with immigration issues and a young baby whilst her husband was sent to jail on drug trafficking charges. There are many other athletes who have overcome war and real threats to their lives and their countries and still, some how managed to compete at this level.
On a lighter note, we must mention Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi who was the fourth woman to compete whilst pregnant. She was also the furthest into her pregnancy – at 34 weeks. That’s inspirational!
Last but not least, we honour the parents. The tough decisions they made for their aspiring athletes. The financial support. The laundry! The sacrifices, so that their sons and daughters can go on to inspire all of us, from all nations.
Papi has a hairy face because he’s growing a mo to raise funds for the Movember Foundation. The foundation funds research and educational support programs for prostate cancer and depression. Close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer in Australia each year and one in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime. Many of these men do not seek help.
One of the fun parts of being a “Mo Bro” is he can have free Grill’d burgers every day this week as a treat for already raising over $40. (In fact, he has raised $290 so far) Mum and I joined him for lunch today because we love Grill’d too.
If you are in the position to, please click here and donate online. I don’t have much money so I’m showing my support with a big hug.
For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please visit: http://au.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs/.
I showed this advertisement to Mum today because it was explaining how I can have “a lifetime of guaranteed happiness.” It says, “Laboratory tests have proven that babies who start drinking soda during that early formative period have a much higher chance of gaining acceptance and “fitting in” during those awkward pre-teen and teen years.”
Mum wouldn’t have a bar of it.
I still have no idea what coca cola tastes like.
And from her reaction, I think it’s going to be a very, very long time before I’ll have my first sip.
This imgae has been taken from here.