Moved to tears

8 Aug

As a teacher, as a mother, not much moves me more than stories about kids in danger, kids doing heroic things, kids rising above, kids showing us the hope and promise of the future.

So, is it a surprise that this scene and this little boy — looking even littler given who he walks with — moved me to tears as I watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics?  Not hardly.

This little boy was a victim of the earthquakes in China.  He was trapped in his classroom.  20 of his 30 classmates died.  He managed to free himself and then set to helping rescuers to free more of his classmates.  When asked why he did it, he said that he was a class leader so he had to help.

Sniffle.

What an amazing kid.

I love the Olympics.  I sit and cheer and cry and allow myself wonder and amazement at the accomplishments of the athletes.  I love their stories and I admire them so much.  So, I can’t believe that somehow we managed to book our camping trip for one of the weeks of the Olympics.  Poor, poor timing.  Sigh.

We’re off for a week of camping — a last hurrah before school starts.

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4 Responses to “Moved to tears”

  1. Pam 9 August, 2008 at 2:25 am #

    Have fun Liza! I *love* the Olympics, too.

  2. jayne 9 August, 2008 at 3:56 am #

    Very moving indeed. The resiliency of the human spirit indeed. Enjoy your time away!

  3. Ellen 9 August, 2008 at 5:54 am #

    The thing that got me is his losing both his parents in that quake :/

  4. KGMom 9 August, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    I agree with the wonderful inclusion of the small boy.
    CAMPING–are you crazy? The Olympics is only every four years! Pop a tape in the VCR for goodness’ sake. But that would have to be changed because of the hours and hours of events. Oh, well, try YouTube when you get home.

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