Watching live sports is a thrill, and of course no sporting event is quite as thrilling as the Olympic Games.
This year the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang are 17 hours ahead of us here in California. That’s almost a whole day! That’s the same time difference that there will be in 2020 for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Juggling how to watch our favorite events live with that kind of time difference can be a challenge, but my youngest son pointed out why it matters.
My youngest son begs me to watch the Olympics live. Even when events happen late at night or at odd times of the day due to the time difference, he insists that we watch it while it happens. At only nine years old, to me it at first seemed unreasonable to allow him to stay up late at night or wake up early to watch events that he could just as easily watch recorded the next day in a more reasonable time.
When I gave him a firm “no” to his repeated requests recently, he turned his face up to mine, looked deeply into my eyes, and told me:
“Mom you need to understand, I want to connect to the hearts of these great athletes! I feel their excitement and pride right now and I imagine myself proudly representing America at Olympics on 2028!! “