March 8, 2014

A year and 25 days ago

A year and twenty five days ago I had just returned from South Korea watching Alex represent the United States of America in the World Winter Special Olympic Games. In honor of this life changing experience and this year Winter's Olympics in Sochi, Russia I am going to republish the posts about the Olympics.

SOG - The Wrap-up

It is time to wrap up this series on the Special Olympic Games (SOG). We are in NJ for Alex's college interview......more on that later.  My mother and her husband are hosting a "welcome home" celebration tomorrow, with their friends and mine.  My mother has gone all out and in her party planning made this poster of Alex and her accomplishments (poor photography skills).
Alex and poster size reproduction of party invitation
It's hard to believe only 10 days ago Alex was competing in the World Winter Special Olympic Games in South Korea. Harder to believe, I was there with my oldest daughter, sister and niece. It is now a dream of a magical place where everyone is celebrated for who they are and not what they have... the world I want to live in someday.

The following pictures are taken from Courtney's facebook album entitled "my sister is better than yours". I was fascinated by everything Korean and have these beautiful photos to keep the memories alive.
Second Gate to Buddist temple - you must enter two gates to find truth

Buddist Temple

The largest gramophone and Thomas Edison memorabilia museum is located on the East Coast of Korea

The home of a 17th century wealthy man

And then there are all the heart memories, the ones that make any trip so extra special, the ones that stay alive even without pictures.

My children and best friends together again
Spending time with my sister and niece
The gift of socks because our Dad was a Korean War Veteran

And the best memory of all, my daughter who just happens to have down syndrome, racing her hardest to make her family and her country proud. A memory that I never ever imagined would be in my life.

Alex racing to the finish line

A huge thank you to South Korea and the International Special Olympics for making the dreams of 3,000 athletes from 111 countries come true...And especially a 19 year old girl from Carbondale, Colorado by way of Deerfield, Illinois.

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