|JDaniel, my husband and the boys next door playing baseball.|
The Olympic value of friendship is defined this way:
friendship– how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences
Although there have probably been many friendships talked about and shown on Olympic broadcasts in the past, I don’t remember seeing as many as I have this year. That may be because I knew I would be writing this post.
My favorite mention of friendship has been Oscar Pistorius and the other men who ran in the 400 meter run. Oscar runs on carbon-fiber blades. After his run over the weekend against Usain Bolt and many others, many of the runners including Bolt came over to him and congratulated him. He didn’t win the race, but he had finished it and they were happy for their friend.
Oscar Pistorius commented to a reporter that on the track the other runner were athletes that were there to win, but off the track these men were gentlemen that had encouraged him as a friend. He continued say that he has competed with and stayed at the same hotels with many of them. “You develop friendships with these men who you see everyday,” Oscar noted.
Many of the Olympic athletes train or compete against the same people over and over again. While they are training in their sport, they are given amazing opportunities to get to know people from all over the world.
How are we working on this value?
This summer many of JDaniel’s friends have been traveling all over the country, attending summer day camps, and just haven’t been available. Even the little boys next door have been busy to do more than play a few games of baseball.
He has really missed getting to see them and I have missed his getting to be around children his age. We have had to look for new ways to meet and plays with kids.
One place we have sought out new friends in at the pool. At first some of the children at the pool were kids from his preschool. He loved getting to see them and play with them, but as the summer wore on they weren’t there. Maybe they too on gone on trips or attended summer camps. JDaniel then had to meet new children and learn to ask them to play.
Thankfully he warmed up quickly to the idea. We haven’t seen some of his new friends again, but a few we have. It has been nice to watch him interact with new friends.
He still misses his best friends and is looking forward to seeing them this fall, but this summer he really worked on learning how to make new friends.
The Olympic value of friendship is now something JDaniel has experienced first hand. He and his new friends may not have been competing in an Olympic swimming event, but they have learned to be enjoy being around each other in the water.
If your children have been excited about watching gymnastics at the Olympics, they might enjoy walking on rope letters. I am sharing a Learning Letters: Rope Letters post on Kid’s Activities Blog today.