I remember driving along the clydeside expressway, after learning of the news that the Commonwealth Games would be coming to Glasgow in 2014. My husband said to me “Thundperpants will nearly be 7, can you believe it”? At this point, she was in the back of the car in her babyseat and was probably only a few months at the time. Life has changed so much and we also have another baby which is something that we wouldn’t have even thought of at the time!
Last night saw the opening ceremonies in Glasgow at Celtic Park. We watched it together and saw the Red Arrows fly over the house which was a very proud moment for us all. I think that they did us proud and really did show a true representation of all things Scotland. The thing is though, I’m in a bit of a pickle about who to support… I have spent more of my life here now but by birth I am Canadian. I left when I was 15, parents , some family and a lot of friends are still there and I still do call it “home”. My daughter asked me last night who I was rooting for and I told her it would be both but I’m sure there will come a time when both teams will be neck and neck and I probably won’t be able to watch.
I watch the news, hear the chat at work and see first hand, the atmosphere that has been created in Glasgow and my heart soars. I may not be born and bread but it’s the place that Is home for me now. Its amazing how friendly and accepting that the people of Glasgow are towards not only their own but people of different nationality. I experienced that when I first arrived here and I still do when people hear the twang in my accent. Its a very accepting city and I am sure that the people who have arrived as visitors and athletes, will come to learn that about Glasgow and Scottish people as a whole. I always said that if I moved home I would want to take the Scottish people with me!
So next week, my daughter, son , friends and I will go into the city centre to enjoy the events which are happening, and to enjoy the weather that we have been having. I hope to go to Glasgow Green, but one event that I really want to go to with some friends is the John Lewis “Tea on the Green”, in Royal Exchange Square. I want to sample some of their lovely food that is on offer. Being a frequent visitor to John Lewis in Glasgow, I know that I won’t be disappointed!
Have you been to Tea on the Green or any of the activities which are on offer? What did you think about the Opening Ceremonie