Magic, pure magic. My cheek muscles are just a tad sore. I think I smiled throughout the whole four hours. My goodness!
Even the commercials, which were especially created for these games, were interesting to watch, didn't you think so?
Did you recognize the names of all the countries? I didn't. Of course, I haven't kept up with all of the name changes over the years, either. When I was working with my stamp collection on a regular basis years ago, I knew the name of every country and its history. So much has been forgotten. So many differences now. The world is much smaller, yet vastly more complex.
Some of my very favorite moments included seeing Yao Ming with the little 9-year old boy who was such a hero immediately following the recent earthquake; watching Laura Bush looking so pleasant, composed, and cool in the sweltering heat; marveling at the last Chinese athlete to carry the torch running on air around the top of the stadium; being in awe at the 2,000-some drummers who opened the festivities with their precision countdown routine; and enjoying the waving undulations of the typeset keys.
A very special evening. I'll try and keep these memories fresh in my mind for a long time. I'm so glad I watched.