Like much of the world, I got caught up in watching the Olympics. So many possible take-aways, depending on how you want to spin it: from the value of persistence to the cruelty of chance; from the joy of seeing the unsung prevail to the disappointment of viewing a putative champion fall. The nadir of the whole Olympic experience for me was seeing Jessie J attempt to sing Queen. Freddie had to be rolling over.

As it relates to another musical genre, I’m not a big one for show tunes, but I was thinking about the past few days and these lyrics came to mind:

The moon belongs to everyone,
The best things in life are free.
The stars belong to everyone,
They gleam there for you and me.
The flowers in spring, the robins that sing,
The moonbeams that shine, they’re yours, they’re mine.
And love can come to everyone,
The best things in life are free.

Although I do enjoy nice accommodations and some of the trappings, the greatest moments and best memories are, as cliche as it sounds, the ones that money can’t buy:  simply being with my two boys; shared adventures cliff jumping, kayaking, and finding a home made “water-slide” that would be better described as a “beach-side, human projection device of questionable safety standards.” Our parental judgment was equally dubious as we watched the differential effects of gravity on an 18 and an 11 year-old as they were shot through the air then mercifully embraced by Lake Windermere.

It seems to take “being in nature” to be reminded, once again, of how wonderful it is to be in nature. Our daily concerns that seem so important are easily dwarfed by the majesty of a mountain; our woes readily absorbed by the serenity of a lake.

Anther small lesson: if you go rafting in an inner tube-type structure, presume that if your buttocks feel like they have entered an igloo when you begin your adventure, they may feel like you’ve been given an hour-long proctological exam by Ice Man at the end.

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