I took my boys to the neighborhood pool today. My 11 year old son was thrilled to find several of his school friends already there. As I splashed around with my younger son in a different area of the pool, something unusual caught my eye. The 11 year old boys had been playing Marco Polo, the classic pool game. But one-by-one, they each grabbed a younger boy in the pool, let him ride piggy-back, and teamed up for a different sort of Marco Polo.
The older boys closed their eyes and let the little boys direct them around the pool.
The team work and kindness at play in that pool today caught me off guard.
Later, the same group of boys gathered in the deep end for some relays races. Each one of them cheered for his friends, no matter which “team” they were swimming for. There was obviously a winner in each race, but all I heard were cheers all around.
After the races, the kids took turns diving. A mom sat pool-side holding up score cards. And suddenly I could imagine those kids as future Olympics athletes, cheering each other for their successes.
Here’s a quick message from Michael Phelps, mentioning how much his fans’ cheers mean to him:
The collective cheers and goodwill that I have noticed during these Olympic Games have been uplifting. And the games are not over yet. Will you join with me in sending a few more CHEERS to the Team Visa athletes (who, by the way, just made it to 21 medals over-all…7 Gold, 7 Silver, and 7 Bronze). Incredible!
Win $40 in Visa gift cards!
One lucky reader will receive two $20 VISA gift cards (equaling $40 total).
- To enter, leave a comment letting me what has been your favorite moment in the 2012 Olympic Games so far.
- For extra entries, I would love to have Better in Bulk readers create the most number of cheers for our athletes! Just click the yellow cheer button above and let me know in a comment what athlete, team or country you submitted a cheer for.
- For ANOTHER extra entry, share this post on twitter. Here’s a sample tweet to copy and paste:
What has been your favorite 2012 Olympic moment? Answer & enter to win $40 VISA card #giveaway from @1momof5 http://bit.ly/N2hQtv #VisaGoWorld
You can tweet and CHEER every day for entries.
This giveaway is open to everyone and will end on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at midnight. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Stay tuned for MORE Visa gift card giveaways coming soon!
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