Remember, A Little Kindness, And A Smile-Inducing Run *Weekend Open Thread*

January 19, 2019 by

Yet another week of outrage, angst, anger, and gridlock has passed us by. And, one of sorrow, as we lost more of our service people in an ISIS suicide attack in Syria. May we remember them, their sacrifice, and that of their families. And may we hold ISIS responsible for their deadly actions against us and others.

Meanwhile, we have yet another caravan heading our way as the Democrats continue to stonewall any and all attempts at compromise between parties. So our border, and too many of our government employees including Border Patrol Agents, continue to work without pay (though they will get it all once the shutdown is over). Something has to give, and it has to give soon.

Ahem. Sorry. Too much political talk for a much needed break from all of this insanity.

So, let’s get to something fun. Now, many of you know I love sports, all kinds of sports, from horse racing to hockey to tennis, and a whole bunch in between. Currently, the Australian Open (tennis) is in full swing right now, and this story is about one of my favorite players, Novak Djokevic,who is Serbian. Djokevic is a smart guy – he speaks several languages, is charitable (according to Wikipedia, he gives a lot of money to monasteries, as well as other causes, is a devoted husband and father, as well as a bit of a joker (according to Inspire More, he is often referred to as “Djoker”).

But it is an act of kindness I want to highlight here as reported in the aforementioned Inspire More. That is how Novak treated a ball boy during the French Open a few years ago:

Since their job is to be invisible, everyone was shocked when Novak not only noticed the ball boy holding an umbrella over his head as it rained but turned around and invited the young man to sit down next to him.

The young man seems absolutely delighted to be invited to sit next to the greatest tennis player in the world. He’s most likely a huge fan of the sport himself, so just being in close proximity to a legend is thrilling!

For several minutes, Novak sat with the young man and chatted. Eventually he took the umbrella from the boy and reached around him to produce two soft drinks, which he offered up as if it were the most natural thing in the world.

“It was a nice, fun time, something unusual for the grand slams,” Novak later explained. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And here is that special moment between Djokevic and the French ball boy:

I have no doubt this was an incredibly memorable event for this ball boy. As the article noted, many of these kids are huge tennis fans, and often do this for no pay. Djokevic often acknowledges them for their hard work. But this was a pretty special moment. Oh,a and yes, Djokevic won that match.

Speaking of athletes, recently, a gymnast at UCLA got a perfect 10 for her floor routine. And did she ever deserve it. Check it out:

Isn’t she incredible? What a tremendous performance. I just do not know how people throw their bodies around up in the air like that with so much control, and then to go into a split? Are you kidding me with this? Wow.

There is much more to Katelyn Ohashi’s story and what led up to this performance. The Daily Wire has it:

“Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard,” said Coach Valorie Kondos Field, according to the Daily Bruin. “Every single thing about it including the backwards split that she does after her leap pass — it’s insane.”

[…]

Ohashi was on the USA Gymnastics’ junior national team for four years, out-competing future Olympic gold medalists like Simone Biles in 2013, but briefly took time away from the demanding sport in 2015 after feeling beat down from the mounting pressure for perfection and physical injuries.

“No one ever fully knew what I was going through, and I never really could say or publicize what was wrong with me,” said Ohashi last August, noted USA TODAY Sports.

“Coming to UCLA, having been blessed to have the coaches I have that don’t encourage us to just be athletes, (but be) human beings instead, has really helped me to (become) who I am today,” the 21-year-old told USA TODAY Sports. “Also, having my team to support me throughout that, which is a privilege. I felt like I was dancing with them on the floor and having as much fun as possible. That’s all been a huge, huge part of my joy.”

[…]

“It’s not the outcome, it’s not me standing on a podium with medals. It’s me being able to walk out with a smile on my face and truly being happy with myself and that comes first,” she added. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Holy smokes, that is some story, isn’t it? How sad that she felt the way she did, or rather, was MADE to feel the way she did. The treatment she received previously was horrible. Just horrible. Thank heavens she found a school, a place, where ALL of her was celebrated and embraced. And thank heavens, we were all able to see the sheer joy and tremendous abilities this young woman has. She is really quite something. I hope we will be seeing more of her. She is impressive, to be sure!

On a different note, on to the humor portion of this post. This next video cracked me up. It is a bit irreverent, I’ll grant you (John Crist is a Christian comedian), but I thought it was funny:

I can SO see things like that happening back in the day had they had Smartphones and all of these apps. The “Israelis wandering all over the place” one cracked me up. Hope it gave you a laugh, too.

Finally, I have this adorable video for you. I recommend you turn on your sound. If this doesn’t make you smile and laugh, I don’t know what will. I have watched it a number of times now, and every time, I’m laughing by the end:

How absolutely ADORABLE is this little guy racing around and feeling his oats? Totally cracked me up. I hope he brought a smile to your faces, too!

Well, that’s it for me. This is the Weekend Open Thread, so have at it!

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