When Olympic season appears on the horizon, I tend to recall how I was a disappointment to my parents. Well, only on one account but it was significant: I was not athletically inclined.
My parents were my mother and grandmother, and they loved sports. My Grandma graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. She was one of the first white women to hike across the Grand Canyon from the North to the South Rim. She taught PE at Farrer Junior High School, where her students won the posture parade at State competitions. While raising her own children, she taught tap dance and square dance. My mother was a high school badminton champion and a guard on the basketball team. She played volleyball through her twenties with a city league. She led hikes for guests at our ancestral summer home. As an elementary school teacher, she required her students to learn the monkey bars, jump rope, and shoot baskets. Both women loved to watch sports. [Read more...]