Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From Vancouver, With Love

The last few days we have sat and watched Olympic coverage, screaming in joy when the Canadians have won more medals, when people have powered through against all odds, and marveling at the Olympic spirit.

A break in the action saw me at my computer and reading the latest post over at the Nei Nei Dialogues.

I've mentioned Stephanie before, and how I found her blog shortly after the plane crash that almost killed her. I read and waited, prayed, and hoped as she recovered. Now that she is back to posting, her blog is one of the very few that I never, ever miss.

Things are hard for her right now. Operations, set backs, pain...oh the pain. I can't even imagine the pain.

I have never met Stephanie, but I find myself cheering for her, wishing that I did know her, remembering every time we've driven through the Salt Lake City area and saw the Y Mountain that she climbed recently. This is a woman who has the courage of all those Olympic athletes combined. Oh sure, she'd probably just say that she just wants to be healthy and alive, and see her children grow up. She doesn't think she's anything special, I'm sure.

I do.

So as I sat and read this post, weeping by the end, an idea came to me. I know that I had promised that I would do a giveaway here on my blog, but the truth is, I want to do something special for a woman watching the world party in my fair city from a hospital bed. I'm sure you'll all forgive me, but this just feels right.

We both cheered for our countries during the ice dancing competition. There's something uniquely unifying about the Olympics, isn't there? As if those borders and politics and colors and cultures don't divide us, but rather we cheer simply for who is higher, faster, stronger. Regardless of what country they are from.

If Vancouver can welcome the world with thousands of cheering people, surely I can send a box of love to Stephanie. Some amazing blogger has already volunteered to do her best to find some of those elusive red Olympic mittens, and I have some other goodies. (I'm not telling what they are!)

Because we Vancouverites admire strength, courage, and grace, whether you're an athlete or a Mom. Especially if you're a Mom.

If you are a Vancouver area blogger and would like to contribute something to the From Vancouver, with Love box for Stephanie, e-mail me or leave a comment with a way for me to contact you, and I will give you details on how to be involved. It doesn't have to be something big or amazing, but I'm thinking something authentically West Coast would be fun. Let's shower her with some Vancouver love, shall we?

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