This is a great day for sports around the world. The beginning of “Le
Tour de France,” the Sprint Cup, following NASCAR rules at Daytona
Beach, the continuation of the World Cup FIMA Soccer rounds, and
last but not least, I have to hope that the Cleveland Indians will ‘rally’
and win against the Kansas City Royals.
I will be seeing KC Royals vs. Indians game, down in the nicely positioned
Progressive Field, hoping that the local Clevelanders are ‘wrong’ and that
we won’t experience any more ‘stage fright!’ We lost last night’s game,
with the score of 7-1, in our game against the Royals. We went into our
July 4th game, with some good statistics. Our Tribes held a .543 average
winning percentage of 83 wins to 74 losses.
I am looking forward to the firecracker display over Progressive Field,
with my brothers and sister in law. One in the group, complaining that
the music of KISS will be accompanying the fireworks. I am hoping my
presence alone will help us win! (Ha ha! This little Cleveland native, who
was baptized in Parma, Ohio, will have to cross her fingers, just like the
rest of the fans!)
I was sorry to read that the 22 year old Brazilian soccer player, Neymar,
was seriously injured with a broken vertibra, changing the chances of his
team. The four goals he managed to accomplish in the first 3 World Cup
matches, has created a stronghold of youth who are very disappointed.
The Brazilian ‘hero’ will be still admired, kids will continue to be proud
of his accomplishments and be hopefully inspired by his abilities.
In Leeds, England the Tour de France started, a tradition since 101 years
ago. This race, as you know, but sometimes it is nice to be reminded, goes
from England through the countries of Belgium and Spain, circling through
France. In the first leg or “Stage” the candidate favored to win, is Mark
Cavendish, who has had 26 times won this victory. It goes from Leeds to
Harr0gate, where his mother was born.
The other possible winners of the Tour de France are Chris Froome, (29 year
old from Kenya, raised as a Brit), from “Team Sky” and 2 time Champ, Alberto
Contador, (31 year old from Spain) from “Tinkoff-Saxo Bank” team. Or you
could wish to see the Italian, Vincenzo Nibali or one of the other Spanish
contenders, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquin Rodriguez. I like to watch the
bicyclists, but mostly watch the unusual terrain and scenery. The cobblestones
and the different summits, throughout the European countrysides are so
beautiful to see. Many of the challenging roads that the cyclists tackle are ones
from the beginning race, since 1903.
Following NASCAR rules at the Daytona International Speedway, there were
two laps that had to be postponed due to weather. The setting is one that my
coworker, Kent, loves to watch with his wife. They have been down, almost
every year for the past twenty to watch! I am sure there are a few of you who
may choose this sporting event to watch over the sedate 181 miles of the first
“Stage” of Le Tour de France! It ends on July 26, 2014. Much faster, right?!
On the last note for this post, my Mom has been a ‘trooper’ throughout all
of her Dr. appointments, the most painful being the podiatrist. She has had
to soak her toes in vinegar water, painting them all except her left big toe,
with a liquid to prevent any infection or fungal growth. The poor left toe,
which was infected, had to have its toenail removed, then we are carefully
drying it, putting a Band-Aid on it, and allowing it to ‘scab over.’ Gross
details, but important to let all of those know that are caretakers, to keep
an eye on your elderly family member’s toes. This could have led to an
infection that may have got into her bloodstream, leading to her heart. We
all tend to think of the teeth and its possibilities of gum disease, but feet
are also important to take care of.
I want to share something special about my Mom, every day is filled with
little moments where she looks so filled with wonder. I think that losing
some of her memory means that she ‘hears’ things that she exclaims,
“I never heard that bird’s song before!”
Or when she sees some colorful flowers in a garden or in a bouquet at
“I have never seen such a gorgeous collection of flowers before!”
These are what carry me through some of those moments when she is
childish and refuses to carry out Dr.’s instructions! It helps to remember
that I was once rebellious and annoyed my Mom, no end!