To assemble four years from now.

I officially love the Canadians. At the opening ceremony of the Olympics there was a glitch in the torch lighting. So the Canadians made fun of it all by “fixing” it at the closing ceremony. Anyone who can laugh at themselves and turn human error into something funny to celebrate is good in my eyes. The Canadians have shown themselves to be… well… themselves. Good natured, fun, welcoming, lovely people. Thanks Canada for giving us such a wonderful two weeks. As my friends and neighbors have been saying. “We’ve so enjoyed watching the Olympics. Even more than usual. We’re going to miss watching it.”

Before the games started some people were wondering how they were going to top the spectacle the Chinese gave us. Well, as marvelous as that show was, I guess it goes to show that people everywhere are beautiful and talented. We can appreciate people for many different reasons.

And we can appreciate the Canadians for their sense of humor. Seriously, who else but the Canadians would have giant inflatable beavers and moose? And how about the old table-top hockey game with magnets—awesome. It was campy and perfect and the fake antlers for the audience was icing on the cake.

The Olympics give us a look at various cultures around the world. And it’s always lovely. The Olympics is like Christmas in a way. You get that feeling of peace and goodwill. Here we are—humans from different backgrounds, religions, beliefs—all competing peacefully. It shows that we can all get together and appreciate each other and compete without guns and violence. It’s beautiful and it’s one of the many reasons I love the Olympics.

With glowing hearts. That’s what it’s all about.

Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches, parents, trainers, volunteers, officials, and everyone who took part in putting the show on. You did a great job and should be proud of yourselves. Can’t wait ‘til the 2012 games in London!