The once a year Kinder-Olympics happened last weekend. It had been a long wait for these athletes: some had counted down from “5 or 6 sleeps to go” in their excitement.
The Stadium filled up with spectators: parents, grandparents, siblings, and … that’s about it. Once positions were established, shoes removed, and picnic lunches spread out; it was time for the opening ceremony.
There were some concerns about the weather, but the performers were unfazed, didn’t care, or were too involved in getting this “left and right” mumbo jumbo figured out.
Choreographed to perfection, with several child wranglers in place and highly visible yellow chalk lines to follow, the opening ceremony went off flawlessly.
“Let the games commence” rang out all around the grounds.
Several countries’ flags were in attendance. Even “Anpanmanlandia” was not left out; although the field of athletes were pretty much just little Japanese kids.
Anpanman himself showed up to applaud the athletes’ athleticism and to scare the smaller children.
There were running races.
And magical hats that changed colors in the middle of races.
Games involving pinwheels and finding your parents at the finish line. There were a few mix ups.
Team Weightlifting competitions.
Performers waiting for the “After the Opening Ceremony but Before the Closing Ceremony” ceremony.
Off-road tricycle racing.
A few near misses, but no casualties this year.
Throwing bean bags into a stationary basket competition.
And into a moving target.
Races involving monkey and kangaroo hats.
Exhibition Sport: Tricycle vs Unicycle Grudge Match. (the tricycle won)
Mugging for the camera competitor. (eventual champion)
Hide and Seek competitor. (eventual 4th place finisher)
Happy competitors: possibly an illegal band-aid on one kid’s knee. It will be brought up before the committee I’m sure.
Medals were awarded and accompanied by vigorous handshaking.
The “Pooh Dancers” were even included in the Closing Ceremony. Yeah! Pooh Dancers!!
And then the Kinder-Olympics closed for another year.
“Don’t Weep“. They will be back again next year.